Stuff 01-19-2024

On 19 Jan 2024, at 6:40, Ralph wrote:

  1. Now, when you are introduced (to your own intrinsic awareness), the method for entering into it involves three considerations:
    Thoughts in the past are clear and empty and leave no traces behind.
    Thoughts in the future are fresh and unconditioned by anything.
    And in the present moment, when (your mind) remains in its own condition without constructing anything,
    awareness, at that moment, in itself is quite ordinary.
    And when you look into yourself in this way nakedly (without any discursive thoughts),
    Since there is only this pure observing, there will be found a lucid clarity without anyone being there who is the observer;
    only a naked manifest awareness is present.
    (This awareness) is empty and immaculately pure, not being created by anything whatsoever.
    It is authentic and unadulterated, without any duality of clarity and emptiness.
    It is not permanent and yet it is not created by anything.
    However, it is not a mere nothingness or something annihilated because it is lucid and present.
    It does not exist as a single entity because it is present and clear in terms of being many.
    (On the other hand) it is not created as a multiplicity of things because it is inseparable and of a single flavor.
    This inherent self-awareness does not derive from anything outside itself.
    This is the real introduction to the actual condition of things.
  2. Within this intrinsic awareness, indivisible , fully present as one.
    Since it is empty and not created anywhere whatsoever, it is .
    Since its luminous clarity represents the inherent transparent radiance of emptiness, it is .
    Since its arising is nowhere obstructed or interrupted, it is .
  3. When you are introduced in this way through this exceedingly powerful method for entering into the practice,
    (You discover directly) that your own immediate self-awareness is just this (and nothing else),
    and that it has an inherent self-clarity, which is entirely un-fabricated.
    How can you then speak of not understanding the nature of the mind?
    Moreover, since you are meditating without finding anything there to meditate upon,
    how can you say that your meditation does not go well?
    Since your own manifest intrinsic awareness is just this,
    how can you say that you cannot find your own mind?
    The mind is just that which is thinking:
    And yet, although you have searched (for the thinker), how can you say that you do not find him?
    With respect to this, nowhere does there exist the one who is the cause of (mental) activity.
    And yet, since activity exists, how can you say that such activity does not arise?
    Since merely allowing (thoughts) to settle into their own condition, without trying to modify them in any way, is sufficient,
    How can you say that you are not able to remain in a calm state?
    Since allowing (thoughts) to be just as they are, with out trying to do anything about them, is sufficient,
    How can you say that you are not able to do anything with regard to them?
    Since clarity, awareness, and emptiness are inseparable and are spontaneously self-perfected,
    how can you say that nothing is accomplished by your practice?
    Since (intrinsic awareness) is self-originated and spontaneously self-perfected without any antecedent causes or conditions,
    How can you say that you are not able to accomplish anything by your efforts?
    Since the arising of discursive thoughts and their being liberated occur simultaneously,
    how can you say that you are unable to apply an antidote?
    Since your own immediate awareness is just this,
    how can you say that you do not know anything with regard to it?
  4. It is certain that the nature of the mind is empty and without any foundation whatsoever.
    Your own mind is insubstantial like the empty sky.
    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.
    Being without any view that decisively decides that it is empty,
    It is certain that self-originated primal awareness has been clear (and luminous) from the very beginning,
    Like the heart of the sun, which is itself self-originated.
    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.
    It is certain that this primal awareness or gnosis, which is one’s intrinsic awareness, is unceasing,
    like the main channel of a river that flows unceasingly.
    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.
    It is certain that the diversity of movements (arising in the mind) are not apprehend-able by memories,
    they are like insubstantial breezes that move through the atmosphere.
    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.
    It is certain that whatever appearances occur, all of them are self-manifested,
    like the images in a mirror being self-manifestations that simply appear.
    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.
    It is certain that all of the diverse characteristics of things are liberated into their own condition,
    Like clouds in the atmosphere that are self-originated and self-liberated.
    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.
  5. There exist no phenomena other than what arises from the mind.
    Other than the meditation that occurs, where is the one who is meditating?
    There exist no phenomena other than what arises from the mind.
    Other than the behavior that occurs, where is the one who is behaving?
    There exist no phenomena other than what arises from the mind.

There exist no phenomena other than what arises from the mind.
Other than the fruition that occurs, where is the one who is realizing (the fruit)?
You should look at your own mind, observing it again and again.

  1. Then, as for the instruction for exhausting the six extremes and overthrowing them:
    Even though there exist a great many different views that do not agree among themselves,
    This “mind” which is your own intrinsic awareness is in fact self-originated primal awareness.
    And with regard to this, the observer and the process of observing are not two different things.
    When you look and observe, seeking the one who is looking and observing,
    since you search for this observer and do not find him,
    At that time your view is exhausted and overthrown.
    Thus, even though it is the end of your view, this is the beginning with respect to yourself.
    The view and the one who is viewing are not found to exist anywhere.
    Without it’s falling excessively into emptiness and non-existence even at the beginning,
    At this very moment your own present awareness becomes lucidly clear.
    Just this is the view or the way of seeing.
    Therefore understanding and not understanding are not two different things.
  2. You should look into what is self-arising and self-originated.
    With respect to these appearances, in the beginning they must arise from somewhere,
    In between they must remain somewhere, and at the end they must go somewhere.
    Yet when you look (into this matter), it is, for example, like a crow gazing into a well.
    When he flies away from the well, (his reflection) also departs from the well and does not return.
    In the same way, appearances arise from the mind;
    they arise from the mind and are liberated into the mind.
    The nature of the mind which (has the capacity) to know everything and be aware of everything is empty and clear;
    As is the case with the sky above, its emptiness and its clarity have been inseparable from the very beginning.
    Self-originated primal awareness becomes manifest,
    And becoming systematically established as luminous clarity, just this is the Dharmata, the nature of reality.
    Even though the indication of its existence is all phenomenal existence (which manifests externally to you),
    You are aware of it in your own mind, and this latter is the nature of the mind.
    Since it is aware and clear, it is understood to be like the sky.
    However, even though we employ the example of the sky to indicate the nature of the mind,
    this is in fact only a metaphor or simile indicating things in a one-sided fashion.
    The nature of the mind, as well as being empty, is also intrinsically aware; everywhere it is clear.
    But the sky is without any awareness; it is empty as an inanimate corpse is empty.
    Therefore, the real meaning of “mind” is not indicated by the sky.
    So without distraction, simply allow the mind to remain in the state of being just as it is.
  3. Because of the unobstructed nature of the mind, there is a continuous arising of appearances.
    Like the waves and the waters of the ocean, which are not two (different things),
    Whatever arises is liberated into the natural state of the mind.
    However many different names are applied to it in this unceasing process of naming things,
    With respect to its real meaning, the mind (of the individual) does not exist other than as one.
    And, moreover, this singularity is without any foundation and devoid of any root.
    But, even though it is one, you cannot look for it in any particular direction.
    It cannot be seen as an entity located somewhere, because it is not created or made by anything.
    Nor can it be seen as just being empty, because there exists the transparent radiance of its own luminous clarity and awareness.
    Nor can it be seen as diversified, because emptiness and clarity are inseparable.
    Immediate self-awareness is clear and present.
    Even though activities exist, there is no awareness of an agent who is the actor.
    Even though they are without any inherent nature, experiences are actually experienced.
    If you practice in this way, then everything will be liberated.
    With respect to your own sense faculties, everything will be understood immediately without any intervening operations of the intellect.
    Just as is the case with the sesame seed being the cause of the oil and the milk being the cause of butter,
    But where the oil is not obtained without pressing and the butter is not obtained without churning,
    So all sentient beings, even though they possess the actual essence of Wisdom,
    Will not realize wisdom without engaging in practice.
    If he practices, then even a cowherd can realize liberation.
    Even though he does not know the explanation, he can systematically establish himself in the experience of it.
    (For example) when one has had the experience of actually tasting sugar in one’s own mouth,
    one does not need to have that taste explained by someone else.
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