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#3812 - Friday, February 15, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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"That's all you have to do -
just abide in that stillness.
If you know how to be with that stillness without looking for
anything else then that stillness is no longer just a stillness and
that stillness is the Buddha Mind, it is the luminous awareness.
In that stillness you are going to discover your true nature.
The discovery of your true nature is the true liberation, is the
bodhi, is the great awakening."
-Tulku Thubten Rinpoche
Found at the website http://buddhamandala.org/teaching.html
posted to DailyDharma
Question:What is intuition?
Eckhart Tolle: You could say that intuition is a kind of knowing, but you
don't know how you got there. You know something, but you don't know by
what path you've arrived at what you know. It's a sudden arising of
knowledge or knowing something, but "I don't know how I know this".
What is at work here is
non-conceptual intelligence, when intuition arises.
Intuition is not arrived at by thinking, not by logic. It's arrived at in a
way that we cannot explain. It is closely related to creativity and
inspiration. Inspiration also comes from that place. It is given to you.
[It is given to] all great artists, musicians, writers, and even great
scientists who made deep discoveries that were revolutionary - like
Einstein. Einstein had a 'sense' of his theory of relativity. Before he
could fully prove it, he already knew it was true. It was intuition that
came to him. Of course, he had done a lot of thinking before that happened.
Sometimes you have to do a lot of thinking, and then suddenly, thinking
doesn't get you anywhere anymore, and you stop thinking, and you go out and
take a few deep breaths. Or you go out into nature and sit under a tree.
And suddenly, intuition is there. Something you couldn't have arrived at
It's vital for every human being to contact that place within, where
intuition arises, because otherwise you are confined to the limitations of
your conceptual mind.
Otherwise, your life is just repetitive, and no new ideas can come. If it's
a fresh and new idea, it comes from a place where all creativity arises -
which ultimately, is the stillness within. That's where intuition arises.
If you can be still even for a moment, then there's a possibility that some
intuitive thing arises as a thought or as a spontaneous thing that you say,
and you've surprised yourself. Maybe somebody needs your help or advice,
and rather than thinking "I should be helping that person. What can I say
next to help them?", rather than that you just become still, listen, look.
And suddenly you may find yourself saying something. It's intuitive.
Suddenly a deeper intelligence comes and uses your mind.
That's what we call intuition. Realize that this is at the basis of all
creative activities, all truly creative activities. Perception is something
that comes from the outside, and intuition comes from the inner. It comes
from you. It is essentially one with who you are, intelligence itself.
The easiest way to develop intuition is to develop the ability to be still
at times. Rather than "trying" to develop intuition, go to the place where
all intuition arises. You don't need to worry about becoming more intuitive
if you focus more on being still. Not necessarily for long periods of time,
but have moments of stillness in your life, so that every day is
interspersed with moments of stillness.
You could just close your eyes and take one or two deep breaths. Or you don't
even have to close your eyes, but while you're listening or looking at
somebody, feel yourself breathing. Feel the inner aliveness within your
If you are looking at your computer screen, look away for a moment, or close
your eyes for a moment, and take one or two conscious breaths. It brings
you to stillness.
Wherever you are, there are always opportunities for a moment of stillness.
And that is vital, because otherwise your life is unbalanced. If you don't
find stillness, all you have is activity - one thing after another. And
this covers up your potential intuitive faculty, continuously. Seek out
moments of stillness. Even the busiest person can do it. If you're driving
home, or driving to work, every traffic light is an invitation to stillness.
[There are] so many opportunities for stillness. Stillness is where
posted to TheNow_2 and Wisdom-l
This poet sings drunkenly:
"Tara! Tara! Tara!
Your name is ambrosia.
May all beings enter the secret sanctuary
through this name,
tasting your unique sweetness,
Alan Larus photos
Translated into English by Nicole Riggs.
||To innermost bliss, I pay homage!
Were I to explain
Mahamudra, I would say
All phenomena? Your own mind!
If you look outside for meaning, you'll get confused.
Phenomena are like a dream, empty of true nature, And mind is merely the flux of awareness,
No self nature: just energy flow.
No true nature: just like the sky.
All phenomena are alike, sky-like. That's Mahamudra, as we call it.
It doesn't have an identity to show;
For that reason, the nature of mind
Is itself the very state of Mahamudra
(Which is not made up, and does not change).
If you realize this basic reality
You recognize all that comes up, all that goes on,
The all-pervading dharma-body. Rest in the true nature, free of fabrication.
Meditate without searching for dharma-body
It is devoid of thought.
If your mind searches, your meditation will be confused. Because it's like space, or like a magical show,
There is neither meditation or non-meditation,
How could you be separate or inseparable?
That's how a yogi sees it! Then, aware of all good and bad stuff as the basic reality,
You become liberated.
Neurotic emotions are great awareness,
They're to a yogi as trees are to a fireFUEL! What are notions of going or staying?
Or, for that matter, "meditating" in solitude?
If you don't get this,
You free yourself only on the surface. But if you do get it, what can ever fetter you?
Abide in an undistracted state.
Trying to adjust body and mind won't produce meditation.
Trying to apply techniques won't produce meditation either. See, nothing is ultimately established.
Know what appears to have no intrinsic nature.
Appearances perceived: reality's realm, self-liberated.
Thought that perceives: spacious awareness, self-liberated.
Non-duality, sameness [of perceiver and perceived]: the dharma-body. Like a wide stream flowing non-stop,
Whatever the phase, it has meaning
And is forever the awakened state
Great bliss without samsaric reference. All phenomena are empty of intrinsic nature
And the mind that clings to emptiness dissolves in its own ground.
Freedom from conceptual activity
Is the path of all the Buddhas. I've put together these lines
That they may last for aeons to come.
By this virtue, may all beings without exception
Abide in the great state of Mahamudra.
as posted to DailyDharma by Amrita Nadi
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