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Friday, May 04, 2007

Is There Anything Lacking?

At this moment, is there anything lacking? Nirvana is right here now before our eyes. This place is the lotus land. This body now is the Buddha.

--Hakuin

~Peace to all beings~

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4 comments:

tinythinker said...

Indeed. If I may ramble on in a bit in my usual unqualified way, first let me say I cannot add anything to the clarity of that quote, so it may be best to write nothing at all. But maybe others are also like me, and will recognize/grasp a less perfect reflection a little better as they eventually come to fully appreciate what was posted. ;o)

Perception and intellect are limited - not bad, not something to be shunned or minimized, but also not relied on to grasp the Truth being described. Instead paying attention to what we are doing, effortlessly, without judgment or elaboration or abstraction. To truly grasp that sitting is sitting, crapping is crapping, scratching is scratching. No greater or deeper revelation. And in that situation, one is not "being in the moment", which is already an abstraction and the start of dualistic thinking, but simply being.

Just to add to the chorus of such wisdom... ;o)

"Affliction is Bodhi and the cycle of birth and death is Nirvana"
-Platform Sutra of Hui Neng

"Form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form; form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form"
-Heart Sutra

"The Way does not require cultivation, just don't pollute it."
-Chan ancestor Mazu

"Although you may understand the explanations, if you are still suffering because of problems, you clearly do not understand the true nature of your mind, your body, and your senses."
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche

"You have always been one with the Buddha, so do not pretend you can ATTAIN to this oneness by various practices."
-Huang Po

"Just understand that birth-and-death is itself nirvana. There is nothing such as birth and death to be avoided; there is nothing such as nirvana to be sought. Only when you realize this are you free from birth and death."
-Dogen

"Hear me, future disciples!
Your time will have been badly wasted if you neglect to put this teaching into practice."

"What you should do is to know your own mind and realize your own buddha-nature, which neither rests nor moves, neither becomes nor ceases to be, neither comes nor goes, neither affirms nor denies, neither stays nor departs."
-The Sutra of Hui-Neng

"Happy is one who knows samsara and nirvana are not two."
-Milarepa, "Drinking the Mountain Stream"

"Enlightenment is a way of saying that all things are seen in their intrinsic empty nature, their Suchness, their ungraspable wonder. Names or words are merely incidental, but that state which sees no division, no duality, is enlightenment."
-Prajnaparamita

Greenwoman said...

wonderful picture....

No...I think any sense of something lacking is yearning for what I love that's not right under my thumb...or is a nasty thought habit biting me.

but in general, I just feel content.

david Diskin said...

I think this is a very important quote, it is the essence of awakening to reality.

When one becomes a Buddha, you will realize not only that have you reached Nirvana at that moment, but you will also fully realize that all the delusional moments you had thinking your were not in Nirvana, will be, in a sense, re-experienced as pure bliss.

I like this notion very much, it makes me realize than when I am deluded and suffering it is ok ... I will experience this very same suffering one day as bliss, because it is bliss.

Having this notion has been very helpful in my process.

They call him James Ure said...

Tiny_Thinker:

Thank-you for the wonderful quotes, insight and for "just being." I am at my most peaceful indeed when I am "just being and breathing."

I bow to the Buddha within you dear one. _/I\_

GW:

Isn't it wonderful that we can learn to feel content in any situation? :) And yes that is a great picture. So peaceful and it makes me feel happy to gaze upon it. I hope you are having a relaxing, nice weekend. :)

David:

It has been very helpful for me as well. Mindfulness has really been one of the keys to peace for me--or actually I should say one of them. When I am being mindful I am present and when I'm present I'm centered.

When I am centered I am at One with all things. Pain does not cease but when I am mindful of the reality of pain--I suffer from the pain less.

It is the lack of acceptance that causes us the real pain I think. When we embrace the pain in our lives we see that it is just another manifestation of the present moment and we are more capable of realizing that, living with the pain and moving on and the present moment unfolds the path before us.

When we do NOT accept the pain we only create MORE and STRONGER pain as the avoidance doubles the energy it seems. Pain and suffering demand our attention NO. MATTER. WHAT.

Might as well accept it, be mindful of it and watch it than let it grow into a godzilla like delusion.

Thanks for the comment. :)

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