Friday, 14 September 2012
Cycling With Who? or Playing with Essence? Give it up!
To me today Zen is saying, "for heaven's sake, give it up!" Be ordinary for from the mundane comes the profound knowledge that cannot be talked of, but can be transmitted - well so it is said.
I am asking myself, have I ever transmitted it?
What a pointless question! The question of whether or not I transmitted is past experience.. But experiencing cannot be past at is now! The illusion of past experience is in memory, in the illusory mind! Did I experience it? What a ridiculous question!
I am reminded of the Zen master, Wu Li saying, "Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water". So ordinary. So every-day! So simple! So immediately NOW! And in my zazen the silence... And then the disturbance... "For heavens sake, give it up!"
Practice the art of waiting. Letting go, yet staying alert. No ambition. Just being in harmony with what's going on in the universe out there. Out there? In here? Nowhere, no place. Things come and things go.
Rain… snow.. whatever... Just here. And each season has moves on through and out of its cycle - manifest and un-manifest whilst its essence remains. The universe doesn't interfere with itself as the mind of humankind does. There is an exchange. The earth gives, the sky gives. No reason. No worry or judgement about too much, too little, too violent, too weak, too strong. But what of all this? Indeed, what of all this?
So I aspire to wait in patience. Just allowing things to pass by. Times and seasons I don't like, will also pass, as will seasons I like. Who likes? Exactly! No answer, just silence. The eternal self is emptiness. So pure.
Seeing into the truth. Working my way through, and not around the compromising mind. Getting past the politics. They are all illusions. I cannot say who I am. Saying, explaining anything operates in time. So how can I use these words? They are already gone! Please share....
Who gets stuck in time?
Not-hing. Mu. Yu, Shunyata! Pure essence.