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#1181 - Thursday, August 29,
2002 - Editor: Jerry
ASK THE AWAKENED
The Negative Way
by Wei Wu Wei
Between the years 1958 and 1974 a series of books
appeared that were attributed to the mysterious Wei Wu
Wei. Perhaps the most important of these works, Ask The
Awakened, is now available in a new edition. This work
draws on a variety of sources, including
Taoismspecifically the texts attributed to Lao Tzu and
Chuang Tzu; Buddhismespecially the Heart, Diamond and
Lankavatara sutras; and Chan Buddhism as taught by Hui
Neng, Huang Po, Hui Hai, etc.; as well as the teachings
of Padmasambhava and Sri Ramana Maharshi, among others.
This classic gem of Eastern spirituality is especially
timely in the current climate of interest in Buddhism.
Wei Wu Wei's unique and fresh interpretation of the
ancient teachings opens the reader's eyes: "Why are you
unhappy? Because 99.9 per cent of everything you think,
and of everything you do, is for yourselfand there
isn't one." This powerful book rewards by exposing
illusions, and takes the reader beyond logic to the
inexpressible truth of existence.
Wei Wu Wei joins Paul Reps, Alan Watts, and Philip
Kapleau as one of the earliest and most profound
interpreters of Zen Buddhism and Taoist philosophies.
The depth of understanding evidenced in Ask the Awakened
places it in the top tier of modern spiritual classics.
DUSTIN AND KHEYALA
from Nondual Parent list
Making someone feel special about their own
uniqueness seems decidedly unnondual though, at first
glance. Is it not nondual to do this? Or should we try
to make our children feel unique because that's what
they need at this stage of their development?
If you are intentionally trying to make someone
(including your child) feel special about their own
uniqueness as some sort of techinique with hopes for
some sort of result, then you are correct...this
behavior is Totally dual.
If you, in this very moment, are seeing the truth of
your being, then you are also seeing the truth of any
other being in your presence (including your child).
Anything you happen to say or do in this moment will be
exactly perfect for you and potentially incredibly
healing for the not-other (including your child).
[I feel like winking at you because it is very apparent
that you have already discovered this within yourself,
which includes your experiences with your child.]
Satsang with Clara Llum
from Daily Dharma
"Milarepa's student was Gampopa (after whom Gampo Abbey
is named). Because everything was easy for him, Gampopa
was arrogant. For instance, the night before he met
Gampopa for the first time, Milarepa said to some of his
disciples, 'Oh, someone who is destined to be my main
student is going to come tomorrow. Whoever brings him to
me will be greatly benefited.'
So when Gampopa arrived in the town, an old lady who saw
him ran out and said, 'Oh, Milarepa told us you were
coming and you were destined to be one of his main
students, and I want my daughter to bring you to see
him.' So Gampopa thinking, 'I must be really hot stuff,'
went very proudly to meet Milarepa, sure that he would
be greeted with great honor. However, Milarepa had had
someone put him in a cave and wouldn't see him for three
As for Gampopa's main student, the first Karmapa, the
only thing that we know about him is that he was said to
look like a monkey. Also, there's one story about him
and three other disciples who were thrown out of the
monastery for getting drunk and singing and dancing and
breaking the monastic rules.
We could all take heart. These are the wise ones who sit
in front of us, to whom we prostrate when we do
prostrations. We can prostrate to them as an example of
our own wisdom mind of enlightened beings, but perhaps
it's also a good to prostrate to them as confused,
mixed-up people with a lot of neurosis, just like
ourselves. They are good examples of people who never
gave up on themselves and were not afraid to be
themselves, who therefore found their own genuine
quality and their own true nature.
The point is that our true nature is not some ideal that
we have to live up to. It's who we are right now, and
that's what we can make friends with and celebrate."
from Meditation Society of America
Nasrudin joined a Trappist monastery. It was customary
in this monastery to maintain silence all year with the
exception of one monk having a chance to speak once a
year. The first year one monk said, "I like potatoes and
I hope we can have more potatoes in our menu". The next
year a second monk spoke and said, "I am sick of having
potatoes every day in this monastery". The following
year it was Mulla Nasrudin's turn to speak and he said,
"I want a transfer to another monastery. I cannot stand
this constant bickering"!
from NoDoer list
WHAT IS THE TEST OF EXPERIENCE?
Examine your experience always and ask yourself whether
it changes in time or space. If it is found to change,
advance further till you come to that experience from
which you can never change even for a moment, even if
you try. That is then no experience either, but your
real nature itself. (7 Jan 1951)
from: Notes on Spiritual Discourses of Sree Atmananda
1950-1959 taken by Nitya Tripta, duly approved by Sree
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