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#2309 - Monday, November 7, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee
Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge.
* Martin Luther King
posted by Michael Rawls
Teisho by Ton Lathouwers (part V)
[for details see part I]
I would like to
bring it a little bit closer by narrating on a Russian writer who
touched me very deeply. He is affiliated to the
Suddenly, suddenly, he repeats it in nearly every sentence: A little door opened, and I have seen. Afterwards, so he says, all the words come, all the concepts that are of no use.
Kuan Yin is just an image as well; however the significance lies in what it is referring to. The shape is just a facultative communications system, making it possible for us to talk a little. Further in the text he writes: How shall I explain it? I dont know! It was as if there was a sort of total passive availability. As if I was complete tension and desire to open myself. I dont know what for. To be able to just see! And I didnt know what or who. Just to be able to open myself and to see. Complete tension and at the same time a deep notion there was nothing in me, even not that tense expectation that could force the opening up to take place. I couldnt, not even with this yearning, this expectation to do so. In other words it comes in such a profound and miraculous way, as grace. Maybe you find it irritating to hear me say it like this, but I cant say it differently because I have so often experienced how true this is. It comes all of a sudden, unexpected, not being caused by anything inside of you. That is why I so often speak about faith. This was also the experience of Sinjavski, there being a door opened. He also calls it a sort of deedless doing. A sort of completely tensed letting go. I cant do anything and still I yearn. However even this cant extort it. He ends thus: Only when you had to put everything aside, only when you had to give up everything, had to give away all your instruments and didnt know what to believe anymore, only then have I been allowed to see the door open; suddenly, and all by herself.
How is one to
call such an experience; grace, a miracle? It is such an
authentic testimony! Later he is allowed to leave Siberia and
becomes a professor in
You could say
this is the same as what spontaneously emerged in Mahayana
Buddhism in the shape of Kuan Yin. It is of this Daisetz Suzuki
says in another publication: The deepest religious
experience in the East is better expressed in a feminine stature
expressing boundless compassion; more so than the masculine
shape, God the Father, who always carries something of law and
punishment with him. Boundless and all
encompassing compassion. What do we know of the Mother of God? We
know nothing! We do not know where she intervenes in history.
Moreover, there is a beautiful hymn in the Russian Orthodox
liturgy we sing each month in
image of Mary from icon http://www.balkan-icons.com/gallery/41.jpg
Compassion free from concepts is an expression of self-existing wakefulness.
What is the experience of true compassion? While recognizing mind essence [pure awareness], there's some sense of being wide awake and free. At the same time there's some tenderness that arises without any cause or condition. There is a deep-felt sense of being tender and somewhat delighted at the same time. There's a mixture, that is the true compassion. It's slightly joyful and slightly sad. There's no sadness for oneself, nothing selfish about it. Nor is there sadness for anyone in particular either. Its like being saturated with juice, just like an apple full of juice. In this way the empty openness is saturated with the juice of compassion.
- Tsoknyi Rinpoche in "Carefree Dignity", Dzogchen teachings
posted by Xan to MillionPaths
"I have just three things to
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
"Thus the wise man residing in the Tao (ocean of oneness)
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn't display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
Because he doesn't know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds."
~the Tao te Ching
From the book, "A Path With Heart," written by Jack Kornfield, published by Bantam Books.
posted to Daily Dharma
RIGHT VIEW, TRUE TALK
"A fresh wind is
In the bright moonlight,
I visit and bow in the Treasure Hall of Nirvana.
Sakyamuni Buddha and Lao-tzu
Have gone out to play.
Samantabhdra and Manujsri Were Dismissed.
Is that so?
Thirty-three Zen masters, is that so?
Sounds of birds and water,
Countless ornamental worlds!
As echo responds, resonating clearly."
From the book, "Living Peace," published by Iris International.
posted to Daily Dharma
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