December 31, 2012

The Modern Distortion of Fake Spirituality and Forgiveness

If you've ever attended any Tibetan Buddhist talks it's likely you've heard the spiel on the "three bowls." The bowls represent problems with the mind that make it incapable of holding deeper knowledge. One bowl is turned over and closed, another is cracked and leaks, one is poisoned, one already filled. The point is, our mind is a bowl-like container, but it can't hold pure knowledge because it's defective.

It is a modern man problem in particular, our "bowl" is cracked and leaking, full to the brim of quasi-spiritual toxins and leaving little room for learning anything new. What we do learn is ruined by the poisonous belief systems.

The ability to absorb deep spiritual teachings can only occur after an eliminating the fake spirituality or morality.

Here's a fine example of this fake spirituality, in an essay by Theodore Dalrymple: Sentimentalizing Serial Murder. It's a brief commentary on two people's reactions to murder: one self-centered in quasi-spirituality and the other, braving the healing by way of straight talk.

It is the goal in the Lotus to teach the profound esoteric teachings of Buddha, Christ and Tao. But that can't learned by a mind full of insipid fluff.

You can read the essay here at the City Journal. Here is one interesting statement, which I expect real spiritual aspirants to be able to discuss. What elements are incomplete in this teaching from a Buddhist?:
Here is a lesson she learned from a Buddhist teacher: “To be grateful for whatever life brings, especially to those who cause you pain or humiliate you.” In short, the abduction, rape, torture, murder, dismemberment, and burial of Lucy Partington was a sovereign opportunity for Marian Partington’s personal growth, so that she could learn to be compassionate toward herself (and therefore, as a side effect, toward others).
What is the rest of the teaching? What is the "Buddhist teacher" (or the student) missing here?


June 22, 2012

A DogZen Simpleton's Instructions: The Actual Practice of Dzogchen

(This article, from January 2005, has been the single most read page on the Dog Zen Koans. We republish it today for your reading pleasure.)

If you want to learn the meaning of Dzogchen and get its benefits
You will have to overcome your twisting of the Dharma, spirituality and everything else.
You should understand:
It’s going to take an organized and ongoing effort,
Until the dam of artificiality breaks free.

Here goes:
When you hear about looking into your mind, no matter where it comes from,
Just go ahead and do it.

At first glance, whatever mind is, for sure you see thoughts and feelings.
You don’t know what you are doing; it's okay.
There are thoughts and feelings.

Just for now, forget about the word “mind” and just look at those thoughts and feelings that you see   When you tried to find the mind.
Focus on “what thoughts are”
Look in your mind for the answer, don’t look at me or your memory.
You must focus, look directly and observe the thinking.

This looking at thoughts and wondering what they are must continue
Until you are fully confident that thinking
Is utterly and completely unlimited in its potential seeming situations and formulations.

This process of getting used to knowing this takes a length of time to incorporate.
My suggestion is to forget about goofy meditating and just do this!

If you do what I said and keep going, at some point
An unquestionable confidence in how thoughts and emotions exist will arise,
Each thought, limited and impermanent,
And its rising knowledge will change you in a big way.
You will know that you could be thinking anything, anywhere, anytime! Wowie!
There are ultimately no governors that control what you can think or feel.

June 10, 2012

Seven Facets of our World System

Inclusive within the fact of creativity being limitless, the facets of the jewel of this creation were chosen in the form of sevens. Objects seem to slump to one facet or the other, or to none at all, becoming ubiquitous.

The creator's facet-law may be perceived as a rainbow of colors, a scale of sounds, a pallette of smells or tastes and too, that catchall we call "mind". The wholes part into the sevens, the desired effect.

Much has been taught about the senses and the sevens, here now, that which is called mind shall be addressed:

The Jewel is Love and Wisdom as a unity.
Its facets are...

Love-Wisdom (again)

 Which may display as these opposites...

1. Will-- wrong use extremes: overforcing and underforcing
2. Love-Wisdom-- wrong use extremes: naiveté and superficial love
3. Activity-- wrong use extremes: excess movement and lack of movement
4. Art-- wrong use extremes: perfectionism and conflictedness
5. Organizationality-- wrong use extremes: clunkiness and lack of formation
6. Aspiration--wrong use extremes: emotionalism and dullness
7. Ceremoniality--wrong use extremes: (belief in) control and (belief in) out of control

But better that they are in direct, non-confused expressivity without self-deception:

1. Will--Right Intent
2. Love--Wisdom--bona fide Love and Wisdom
3. Activity--Intelligence, Wisdom, Love in Action, the Holy Spirit
4. Art-Play--playing in the of opposites without clinging
5. Organizationality--useful organization
6. Aspiration--seeking the return toward understanding
7. Ceremoniality--the practice-performance of the magic good

January 18, 2012

Song of Hui-Neng

You want to teach these foolish folks?
Proceed to exorcize their doubt
You'll need to be quite skillful blokes
And then their wisdom will come out

The place of waking, it's right here
Yet in a way fools cannot see
So please don't run away in fear
To seek a world that cannot be

The views of men as in our world
Or thoughts of truth from higher mind
To know that these, they both must go
It's then you'll leave distress behind

This is the straight-talk rousing-up
Known as the wondrous Greater Way,
That leaves confusion's endless cup
For a waking that could come today

songs and poems © sol ta triane, 2012