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~ Karl Brunnholzl ~

 

"The embrace between Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri represents the inseparable union of the pure awareness of self-arising, luminous wisdom, and the vast open expanse of the dharmadhatu, or emptiness. The vibrantly clear insight and awareness of this wisdom arises naturally within the open spaciousness of the expanse of emptiness, radiating throughout it and pervading it.

 

Their inseparable union is not just a nonconceptual cognitive dimension; its affective dimension or tone is the experience of the inexhaustible great bliss that is completely unconditional and free from all mundane emotions, such as desire, attachment, clinging, and pride. Their lotus seat symbolizes their freedom from all stains of conditioned phenomena and characteristics. Just as a mother gives birth to children, all phenomena arise from and within the open yet fertile and luminous space of emptiness.

 

Thus, the symbolism of the feminine principle makes it clear that emptiness is not a blank voidness, an utter nonexistence, a negative, or some static state, but the indeterminate yet dynamic dimension of infinite potentiality. The masculine principle refers to the awareness of nonconceptual wisdom that is accomplished by the warm heart of compassion; this is what moves within, permeates, and is aware of the spaciousness of this boundless realm, manifestly expressing all its enlightened and enlightening possibilities and qualities."

 

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~ Yang Gonpa

 

The essence of thoughts that suddenly arise is without any nature. Do not inhibit their appearance in any way, and without thinking of any essence, let them arise clearly, nakedly, and vividly. Likewise, if one thought arises, observe its nature, and if two arise, observe their nature. Thus, whatever thoughts arise, let them go without holding onto them. Let them remain as fragments. Release them unimpededly. Be naked without an object. Release them without grasping. This is close to becoming a Buddha. This is the self-extinction of samsara - samsara is overwhelmed; samsara is disempowered; samsara is exhausted. Knowledge of the path of method and wisdom, appearances and emptiness, the gradual stages, the common and special paths, and the 84000 entrances to the Dharma is made perfectly complete and fulfilled in an instant. This is self-arisen, for it is present like that in the very nature [of awareness]. Natural liberation is the essence of all the stainless paths, and it bears the essence of emptiness and compassion.

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~ HH Dudjom Rinpoche

 

Meditation consists of being attentive to such a state of rigpa, free from all mental constructions, whilst remaining fully relaxed, without any distraction or grasping. For it is said that ‘meditation is not striving, but naturally becoming assimilated into it'.

 

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Creation story from the Hopi Nation in Arizona 

 

Creation said:
“I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it.
It is the realization that they create their own reality.”

 

The eagle said,
“Give it to me. I will take it to the moon.”
The Creator said, “No. One day they will go there and find it.”

 

The salmon said,
“I will bury it on the bottom of the ocean.”
The Creator said, “No. They will go there, too.”

 

The buffalo said, “I will bury it in the Great Plains.”
The Creator said, “They will cut into the skin of the earth and find it even there.”

 

Grandmother, who lives in the breast of Mother Earth,
and who has no physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes, said,
“Put it inside of them.”

 

And the Creator said,

“It is done.”

 

 

 

 

 

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~ Longchenpa

 

Pure mind is like the empty sky,
Without memory, supreme meditation;
It is our own nature, unstirring, uncontrived,
And wherever that abides is the superior mind,
One in buddhahood without any sign,
One in view free of limiting elaboration,
One in meditation free of limiting ideation,
One in conduct free of limiting endeavour,
And one in fruition free of limiting attainment.

Vast! spacious!
Released as it stands!
With neither realization nor non-realization;
Experience consummate! No mind!
It is open to infinity.

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~ Dudjom Rinpoche

The  Nature  of  Mind 

 

No words can describe it 
No example can point to it 
Samsara does not make it worse 
Nirvana does not make it better 
It has never been born 
It has never ceased 
It has never been liberated 
It has never been deluded 
It has never existed 
It has never been nonexistent 
It has no limits at all 
It does not fall into any kind of category.

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3 hours ago, C T said:

~ Dudjom Rinpoche

The  Nature  of  Mind 

 

No words can describe it 
No example can point to it 
Samsara does not make it worse 
Nirvana does not make it better 
It has never been born 
It has never ceased 
It has never been liberated 
It has never been deluded 
It has never existed 
It has never been nonexistent 
It has no limits at all 
It does not fall into any kind of category.

 

Would it be acceptable to say this sounds very much like the Valley Spirit?

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I have a question for those here who are knowledgable about Buddhist practice.

Is it permissible to share brief excerpts from restricted materials, such as what CT often shares here, or is even that prohibited?

Thanks!

 

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19 minutes ago, ilumairen said:

 

Would it be acceptable to say this sounds very much like the Valley Spirit?

 

 

It does bear some semblance, doesn't it? :) 

 

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The valley spirit never dies;
We call it the mysterious female.
The gates of the mysterious female -
These we call the roots of Heaven and Earth.
Subtle yet everlasting! It seems to exist.
In being used, it is not exhausted.

 

"You have read in the Great One of the miraculous pass, the portal into all knowledge.  I will tell you what this pass is.  It is none other that the inexhaustible female.  Must I be blunt?  Can you grasp the concept of the dragon and the tiger, water and fire, cauldron and furnace, pestle and mortar?  The mysterious female is the key to the firing process.  This talk of base metals into gold and drinking an elixir of mercury is not the real alchemy.  Enter into her and take it into yourself, again and again.  Lao Tzu said, “The valley spirit is the mysterious female.  Her door is the root of heaven and earth.”  It replenishes itself continuously.  There is no coercion, but it is freely given.  Opening up, you will enter the cinnabar chamber where all knowledge is stored.  Conserving your essence, you will draw her into yourself, up through the lower and middle tan tien into the seat of ecstasy.  Her you will find madness and death … or the knowledge that will give you eternal life.” ~ Simon Marnier

 

 

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17 minutes ago, steve said:

I have a question for those here who are knowledgable about Buddhist practice.

Is it permissible to share brief excerpts from restricted materials, such as what CT often shares here, or is even that prohibited?

Thanks!

 

 

 

Hi Steve :) 

 

I assure you none of whats been shared here can be classified as "restricted". 

As one of my teachers said, the only texts that are restricted are those passed directly from teacher to student with specific instructions not to expose said texts, either because they have been 'sealed' for private practice undertaken by said student, or because traditionally there's no precedent for exposing certain texts openly, bar those who have received specific empowerments to engage with sadhanas commensurate with those texts. 

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4 hours ago, C T said:

~ Dudjom Rinpoche

The  Nature  of  Mind 

 

No words can describe it 
No example can point to it 
Samsara does not make it worse 
Nirvana does not make it better 
It has never been born 
It has never ceased 
It has never been liberated 
It has never been deluded 
It has never existed 
It has never been nonexistent 
It has no limits at all 
It does not fall into any kind of category.

 

 

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The book of the Yellow Emperor says, "The Valley Spirit that does not die is the Mysterious Female. It is the foundation of heaven and earth. It continues forever and cannot be used up." Because the valley is hollow, it can hold the spirit, it can embrace, and it can nourish. Because the valley is empty, it is not subject to birth and death. To transcend birth and death is to enter into the Limitless (wu-chi) and be at one with the origin of heaven and earth.

The Gate of the Mysterious Female is where all things are created. And yet heaven and earth are said to be born from the not born. This is what is meant by "that which is not born gives birth to everything," for the Mysterious Female is that which is not-born. It's origins belong to the realm of non differentiation, where there is neither birth nor death. Because it is never born, it never dies. Because it never dies, it's energy lasts forever. It is in heaven and earth, and heaven and earth do not know it. It is in all things, yet all things do not recognize it.

 

          ~ Eva Wong in Lieh-tzu

 

 

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3 minutes ago, C T said:

 

 

Hi Steve :) 

 

I assure you none of whats been shared here can be classified as "restricted". 

That never crossed my mind!

 

3 minutes ago, C T said:

As one of my teachers said, the only texts that are restricted are those passed directly from teacher to student with specific instructions not to expose said texts, either because they have been 'sealed' for private practice undertaken by said student, or because traditionally there's no precedent for exposing certain texts openly, bar those who have received specific empowerments to engage with sadhanas commensurate with those texts. 

My question was more about sharing brief excerpts from such restricted materials.

I'm guessing the answer is 'when in doubt, don't.'

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1 minute ago, ilumairen said:

 

The Valley Spirit is the Mysterious Female. 

 

 

Interesting that the term 'Valley Spirit' needs further explication. 

Do you know the reason for this? 

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1 minute ago, C T said:

 

Interesting that the term 'Valley Spirit' needs further explication. 

Do you know the reason for this? 

 

In the very next short section of the book it is reported the students were seen to not be understanding.. I've recently looked at three translations, all of which vary a bit, and in the variances may be easier or harder for the individual to recognize or comprehend. 

 

Imo this may be, in part, because an example is being used to point to the ineffable - perhaps reminiscent of the difficulties presented in the Rangtong/Shentong dispute about "best means" to "bring" individuals to realization. 

 

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They could have written thus, "From the voidness of the Mysterious Female emanates an eternal spirit that is inexhaustible."  

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9 minutes ago, C T said:

They could have written thus, "From the voidness of the Mysterious Female emanates an eternal spirit that is inexhaustible."  

 

Perhaps the Giles translation would be more to your liking?

 

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In the Book of the Yellow Emperor it is written: "The Spirit of the Valley dies not; it may be called the Mysterious Feminine. The issuing-point of the Mysterious Feminine must be regarded as the Root of the Universe. Subsisting to all eternity, it uses its force without effort."

 

Which continues thus:

 

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That, then, which engenders all things is itself unengendered; that by which all things are evolved is itself untouched by evolution. Self-engendered and self-evolved, it has in itself the elements of substance, appearance, wisdom, strength, dispersion and cessation. Yet it would be a mistake to call it by any one of these names.

 

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On 8/25/2019 at 5:02 PM, steve said:

That never crossed my mind!

 

My question was more about sharing brief excerpts from such restricted materials.

I'm guessing the answer is 'when in doubt, don't.'

 

 

I don't think Vajrayana texts should be shared - but then a lot of Lamas seem to write books on them which means they are widely known when in the past they would have been 'secret' - so who knows :)

 

 

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~ Paramito Ladakh

 

While it cannot be located, in either the material or immaterial realms, it can nevertheless be known,

by mere fact that it is knowing itself, which is beyond the conceptual framework of time and space.

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On 22-8-2019 at 11:38 PM, C T said:

And then finally after this has gone on for some time, the latter finally instead of conceding the points, responds with something to the effect of, “Well all positions are just aspects of the ego mind. When we truly see nothingness, we realize no such positions exist.” This is what I like to call the “Ultimate erases the relative” fallacy, that is common in Buddhist discussions. It’s a kind of cop out—a way of preserving the ego, and changing the discussion from dialogue about a relative topic to one of an Ultimate one, in an attempt to distract from the main point someone is making by saying relative subjects don’t exist.

 

Paradoxically, the person saying this will often passive-aggressively imply that the other person is in their “ego mind” meanwhile they, the enlightened profound person, have understood a wisdom so deep and profound that the other person just simply doesn’t understand. And “one day” perhaps the other person will reach their own level of profundity.

 

oh yes....a memory rises here :D

 

 

 

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~ Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche 

 

 

What is meant by dependent origination?

 

It means that nothing within inner and outer phenomena has arisen without a cause. Neither have they originated from what is not their causes - that is, non-causes such as a permanent creator, in the form of a self, time, or the Almighty.

 

The fact that phenomena arise based on the interdependence of their respective causes and conditions coming together is called dependent origination. To proclaim this is the unique approach of the Buddha's teaching.

 

In this way, the arising of all inner and outer phenomena require that their respective causes and conditions come together in the appropriate manner. When these factors are incomplete, phenomena do not arise, while when complete, they will definitely arise. That is the nature of dependent origination.

 

Thus, dependent origination ranks as an essential and profound teaching among the treasuries of the Buddha's words. The one who perceives dependent origination with the eyes of discriminating knowledge will come to see the qualities that have the nature of the eightfold noble path, and with the wisdom gaze that comprehends all object of knowledge will perceive the dharmakaya of Buddhahood.

 

Thus it has been taught.

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Buddha is this very Awareness or consciousness which is not modified or corrupted by conceptual thought or artificial constructions or by following after the six sense consciousnesses. It is this.

~ Menri Trizin 33rd, Approaching Dzogchen according to the Athri Cycle

 

 

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