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The mind's day-to-day conceptual functioning is merely the tip of an iceberg. The sum total of your day-to-day identity, even the whole appearing called "the human realm," is the very tip of an iceberg. Beneath this tiny tip is a vast and deep expanse of spiritual mystery. The tip, the day-to-day conundrum, is like the foam on the edge of a rising wave; but your essence is like the ocean's depth. This truth, and the methods to realize it– to make it real in the continuum of your body, feeling, mind, qualities and actions –is the intent of every Buddha's, every mystic's, communication. It is the sole import of the sage's speech and activity.
Mind's essence, timelessly–right now, always–is an expanse of unchanging Original Innocence. Somewhere, deep within, all beings intuit this, and this intuition is precisely what draws the body, mind and heart toward spiritual seeking. The wave is never separate from the ocean. If the wave forgot its union with the ocean and only felt itself to be a separate movement of water, what anxiety it would suffer! It would feel itself to be so temporary, so momentary and at the whim of rise and fall, birth and death. It would desperately search for meaning within the minute span of its existence, not knowing that its meaning is an expression of the deep, and not found in and of its shortness.
The "search" in its immaturity is for partial, temporary meanings within the momentary dimension of appearing. As maturity grows it becomes a search for direct knowing of mind itself. The search is to discover what has always already been the case.
Although the sky appears grey when covered over with clouds it is still blue above the clouds. The clouds are simply adventitious stains, temporary. If you fly up in a plane you can see that there is always already blueness, a stainless sky ultimately unharmed by temporary clouds. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : October 28, 2014
- File size : 2776 KB
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- Print length : 160 pages
- Publisher : Hohm Press (October 28, 2014)
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- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B00OZ57TT6
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The book feels like it is answering a puritanical preoccupation, and shows the beauty of considering an altogether different way of perceiving. It's like learning to truly play the cello, first you learn the notes, then you learn the music. This book is the music.
The book is this invitation to live in and as your true nature. Let me quote just some few more sentences, because anything I could say would not do the impact and scope of this book any justice.
"Feel it for a moment. Original Innocence. Just say the words out loud and then feel them. What if the heart of your heart was not marked by any stain? Not the stain of original sin, not the stain of mistakes made, not the stain of death or love lost? What if the wave was not isolated, alienated and alone against the world of other waves? What if the wave was in fact nothing but the ocean's temporary play? Feel it. Breathe it deep."
Through poems, letters to disciples, quotes from wisdom teachers Traktung Yeshe Dorje weaves a fabric of longing for Truth. Reading this book might entangle you.
When first contemplating his notion of original innocence, it freed something in me. We do not have to spend our lives crawling out of some pit of original sin (as the Catholic nuns always said). This resonates with a deep mysterious place that is, as he says, “untouched and untouchable.”
Bright Virtue, another term he uses, is that which is what always arising from Original Innocence without ever leaving it: “All dharma is the mythopoetics of wisdom, a song of joy shimmering in an empty place of timeless time….that womb space of all time where Bright Virtue surges like tidal forces in the Original Innocence.”
He is searingly honest about the effort involved in authentic spiritual life and critical of popular fast food materialist versions. At the same time he offers sublime methods of practice that guide us out of our self made cages and introduce us to our innate capacity to live in freedom, joy and love. He invites us to see the world from the placeless place he lives, that of aimless, crazy, unbridled love.
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This author truly knows the fields he is cultivating.