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#2354 - Sunday, January 1, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee
"The world is perfect as it is, but there's
room for improvement."
- Suzuki Roshi'
posted by Earl McHugh to Dzogchen Practice
...reminded me of Leonard Cohen's
The birds they sang
at the break of day
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in
posted by JP to nondualnow
photo by Sam Pasiencier http://home.hccnet.nl/sam.pas/Ruminotion.jpg
Emptiness, then, is an adjectival quality of 'dharmas',
not a substance which composes them. It is neither a thing
nor is it nothingness; rather it refers to reality
as incapable of ultimately being pinned down
To understand that the whole of reality has no
nature of its own is to practice the perfection
of discriminating awareness.
Since all unenlightened men discriminate with their
deluded minds from moment to moment, they are alienated
from Suchness, hence the the definition "empty" suggesting
some negating; but once they are free from their
deluded minds, they will find that there is nothing
to be negated...And also there are no particular marks
or signs to be noted in it, as it is the sphere that
transcends thoughts and is in harmony with enlightenment
...when appreciating emptiness, all the dualistic
possibilities (ear and sound, eye and sight etc) -
presupposing a split in experience between perceiver
and perceived - do not arise.
"Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness there is
no form, no feeling, no perception, no conception,
no mental formations, no consciousness, no eye, no
ear...no sight, no smell, no ignornance, no end
of ignorance, no suffering, no origin of suffering,
no cessation of suffering, no path, no wisdom,
no attachment, and no non-attainment."
- Heart Sutra
There is nothing to be removed
And nothing to be posited.
It is seeing reality as reality
And when one sees thus one is liberated.
posted by Joyce Short to Dzogchen Practice
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