Sunday, December 11, 2011

The "Knowing" which IS,

Which you ARE,

Is the one "thing"

That is beyond

Knowing or not-knowing.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


There ARE

no separate things

to be 'different'

or the 'same.'

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Ultimate

The ultimate is that 'Enlightenment' means

NEITHER 'enlightenment' NOR ''non-enlightenment'---


--- Wei Wu Wei

Saturday, September 3, 2011

no more worry

One in All, All in One -

If only this is realized,

No more worry about your not being perfect!

--- from the Hsin Hsin Ming

Monday, August 29, 2011

God alone is

Q: How to see God who is all-pervasive?

A: To see God is to be God. There is no all apart from God for him to pervade. He alone is.

--- Ramana Maharshi

Saturday, August 20, 2011

"Experience (ing)"

Is that which cannot be described or defined

Because there is simply no place outside of it

From which we could do the describing.

--- J. Jennifer Matthews

Thursday, August 11, 2011


When nothing is,

you still are.

What is that you?

--- Nisargadatta Maharaj

Monday, August 1, 2011


The whole, being love,

there is nothing for you to set it against

and judge it by.

[Doing] so, you are driven to fancies.

--- George MacDonald

Friday, July 22, 2011

not a thing is -- Hui-neng

At the level of non-duality,

there is "nothing to do"

simply because

there IS no thing.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


When you are cognizing something as an individual,

where do you place yourself?

Consciousness is

that which is cognizing,

the cognition,

and that which is being cognized.

--- Nisargadatta Maharaj

Friday, July 8, 2011


Q: How can I stay stable in awareness?

A: You know you are. That is awareness. If you think you have to be aware, then it becomes an experiential state. You want to experience something.

--- Nisargadatta Maharaj

Friday, July 1, 2011

a total unity

Reality is infinite, thus unseizable.

We cannot take hold of it.

We can only allow ourselves to be seized.

--- Jean Klein

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

everything - always

What we truly long for is intimately here, always...

It is not something, some of the time-

It is everything, all of the time.

--- Jeff Foster

Sunday, June 19, 2011

All IS

Jean Klein: When the senses are accepted totally, welcomed, they open and there's a deep relaxation. In this deep relaxation, they are integrated into our being.

Q: Would you say, then, that the practical essence of enlightenment is integration?

Jean Klein: Yes; there is nothing to refuse and no one to refuse. All is consciousness perceived by consciousness in consciousness.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Welcoming is [undivided] presence and in this presence you are absent as a perceiver.

There is only perceiving with no perceiver and nothing perceived.

--- Jean Klein

Thursday, June 16, 2011

the objectivity of a thing

The objectivity of a thing is maintained only

by the divided mind functioning in a subject-object relationship.

When the subject becomes pure, becomes innocent, free from all striving,

then it disappears - and with it, its object.

What remains is only openness, being.

--- Jean Klein

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

just this

When the subject is fixed on the object,

the body[mind] is in a state of tension.

In the [natural] unfolding of the object,

the body[mind] comes to a great letting go.

It is only in deep relaxation

that the object can dissolve in the subject.

--- Jean Klein

Monday, June 13, 2011

total being is always present

Q: What is this insight you speak of?

A: It is an instantaneous apperception that your total being is always present, always in the "now."

--- Jean Klein

Thursday, June 9, 2011


What we call the Self

is not a soul-like thing, a state;

it is the uninterrupted flow of life.

--- Jean Klein

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"a liberating relationship"

Rather than a remote transcendent state, nirvana is a liberating relationship with all things. For Nagarjuna, it is simply "the letting go of what rises and passes" and, as such, is neither something nor nothing. It suggests a freedom that cannot be pinned down in either time or space, prompting Nagarjuna to ask:

What do you think

Of a freedom that never happened?

What do you make

Of a life that won't go away?

---"Verses from the Center" by Stephen Batchelor

Monday, June 6, 2011

What do you mean by "the perceived leads to the perceiving?"

It is the shortest way to consciousness.

The moment the object gives up its representation,

we live in silent perceiving

where there is nothing seen and nobody seeing.

It is non-dual.

--- Jean Klein

Friday, May 27, 2011

When we consider the knower independently of the known,

he reveals himself to be pure witness.

When knowledge and knower are one,

there is no longer a place for a witness.

--- Jean Klein

Thursday, May 26, 2011

People generally believe

that everything is moved by the laws of nature.


Except for us.

We think we move our lives.

--- Darryl Bailey

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

we attempt to impose form where no form exists

Here we find the basic agony of life.

We believe there are stable forms

when, in fact,

there is merely unstoppable,



--- from"dismantling the fantasy" by Darryl Bailey

Thursday, May 19, 2011

All troubles are conceptual

and are rooted in the assumed reality of the separate self

(that is, that 'I' stand apart from reality).

But the notion is patently false.

In fact, no separate self has ever been present,

except as concept.

--- John Wheeler

Friday, May 13, 2011

who has what?

There is no "one" separate from what are called the "preferences" of the organism to then be attached to them or not.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Perceiving is happening,

but when you give it a point


you've created a pseudo subject.

--- Sailor Bob

Monday, May 2, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Awareness is what we are.

But we block it with self-centered thinking, with dreaming, with fantasizing, with whatever it is we want to do.

Trying to be aware is just ordinary thinking, not awareness.
All we have to do is to be aware of our self-centered thoughts.

Finally they drift away, and we're just here.

--- from "Nothing Special" by Charlotte Joko Beck

Monday, April 25, 2011

There's "just what's happening"

With no one (separate)
To know "it".

Friday, April 22, 2011

no one to suffer any thing

In direct perceiving, there is no separation.

No perceiver, no perceived,

Only perceiv-ING.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

You ARE the Aware-ing which IS

Your real being is the 'I'-less, timeless, ever-present radiance of non-conceptual being-awareness---completely evident and inescapable.

--- John Wheeler

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Your true nature is to be acknowledged non-conceptually, without reference to thought or anything else.

Q: Aren't I supposed to always know the truth of my being?

A: You are present and aware. This is undeniable. It is not to be known or sought as if it is some special object or state. It is the ever-present basis of all experiences. How many thoughts can you have without the presence of awareness? It is so evident that it does not even need to be known, really. It is pointed out and simply acknowledged. Without thinking, seeking, or finding, you are that.

--- title and dialogue from "clear in your heart" by John Wheeler

Thursday, April 14, 2011

all there is

Awareness cannot be known objectively

because it is not an object,

but neither can it be unknown---

for the same reason.

--- John Wheeler

Monday, April 11, 2011

We try to grasp something in a story that cannot be found in a story.

I look for the form of awareness---the thought, perception, sensation, etc.---that will liberate me,

but liberation is FROM attachment to any particular form, so that no form that is grasped can provide what I seek from it:

a non-dwelling awareness that does not grasp [cling].

--- from "the world is made of stories" by David R. Loy

Sunday, April 3, 2011

no thing has any self-being of its own

The most important matter in Zen practice

is to come to a clear and unmistakable EXPERIENCE

of the fact that all things of the phenomenal world,

myself included,

are totally void....

This is Satori.

--- Koun Yamada (David R. Loy's late Zen teacher)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Truth is not a mosaic, but a spring -- Sokei-an

... the sense of self is actually a manifestation of something that cannot be grasped or understood and therefore can only be experienced as a NOTHING.

Our consciousness is a spring bubbling up from an unfathomable source.

Awakening happens when the bottom of the bucket drops out,
to use the Zen metaphor.

--- David R. Loy

For the sage, there has never yet begun to be things. --- Chuang-tzu

In contrast to the everyday world of differentiated objects,

the Tao is not an otherworldly denial of things nor their transcendence,

but their no-thingness,

which enables their interpenetration and incessant transformation into one another.

--- David R. Loy

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

we understand ourselves as special instances of self-existing things that are nonetheless subject to the ravages of time and change

If I self-exist, how can I change?

How could I die?

For that matter, how could I have been born?

This is the simple contradiction that Nagarjuna uses to deconstruct self-being. That all phenomena appear and disappear according to conditions means that our usual way of perceiving the world as a collection of separately existing things is a delusion.

--- from "Awareness Bound and Unbound" by David R. Loy

Monday, March 28, 2011

no thing to get

We want

to meet God face-to face,

or gain enlightenment,

but the fact that everything is SHUNYA


that we can never attain that.

--- David R. Loy

Friday, March 25, 2011

where can you stand?

[You] cannot stand aside as an independent observer of this world,

because you, the observer, are what you're observing.

You're inseparable from it [and vice-versa].

--- Alan Watts

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

there IS nothing ELSE

When I say that, "[something] is okay," it's like saying, "Well that's it, too."

It's this constant "flowing with" --- only to discover that you ARE the stream.

And therefore there is no problem about flowing with it [or not].

You can't do anything else.

---from "Out of the Trap" by Alan Watts

there is nowhere else to be

If you insist that you're trapped by the present, by the existing flow of thought, or the existing flow of experience, then of course you will resent it.

When you discover that you ARE it, and the reason that you can't get away from it is that it IS you---this is a very different state of affairs.

There is no trap. It's not happening TO you. It IS you. You are the process.

So then, instead of asking,"How shall I get out of it," the question simply disappears.

---from "Out of the Trap" by Alan Watts

Sunday, March 20, 2011


If getting stuck is the basic issue,

neither desires nor concepts are problematical

in themselves.

--- from "Awareness Bound and Unbound" by David R. Loy

Let your mind come forth without fixing it anywhere! -- the Diamond Sutra

According to the Platform Sutra of Hui-neng,

this verse precipitated his great awakening.

--- David R. Loy

Friday, March 18, 2011

One thing I teach, and one thing only...

Dukkha and how to end it.

--- the Buddha

Is a wave trapped by the Ocean?

If there isn't any difference between you and the trap,

then you are not trapped.

--- from "Out of the Trap" by Alan Watts

Monday, March 14, 2011

If by eternity we mean timelessness,

then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

--- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Sunday, March 13, 2011

the NOW that I AM

The NOW that I HAVE immediately fades away into the past,
moment by moment,

but the NOW that I AM never falls away to become the past,
and is therefore the same as eternity.

--- from "money sex war karma" by David R. Loy

on 'being-time'

Time is not something I have; it's what I am...

(lack of) time was never the problem, but rather the false sense
of a distinction between ME and "MY" TIME...

My being and my time are not distinguishable...Instead of me being IN space and time,
it's more accurate to say that I am what space and time are doing, right here and now.

from "money sex war karma" by David R. Loy

Monday, March 7, 2011

undivided knowing is existence itself

Remember that the separate self can never discover the Truth.

In the end, the Truth just awakens to itself through you.

--- Stephan Bodian

Saturday, March 5, 2011

direct apperception of being itself spiritual illumination,

the apparent separation between knower and known

dissolves into pure, undivided knowing,

which is simply existence itself.

--- Stephan Bodian

buddha nature

Only come to know the nature of your own mind,

in which there is no self and no other,

and you will in fact be a Buddha.

--- Huang Po

Thursday, March 3, 2011

witnessing without a witness

All are endowed with the wisdom and virtue of the Tathagata,

yet simply because of delusions and preoccupations,

cannot bear witness to their endowment.

--- attributed to the Buddha

what else is there ?

You say, "I am ignorant of my true nature,"

but how can this be? What else is there besides

this infinite, eternal, non-dual field of

Consciousness-and-form which is already present,

right here and now...and now...and now...

--- Joel Morwood

Saturday, February 26, 2011

nothing (no one) separate

If anything appears to be other than yourself,

you absolutely cannot have peace of mind.

--- Yasutani Roshi

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

the dropping away of body and mind

Dogen absolutely did not return home as an unenlightened being,

but rather,

having completely dropped away the skin -- of ideas, concepts, perceptions, and beliefs,


having "become" nothing but the one reality.

--- Yasutani Roshi

the "Great Self"

What the Buddha means by the self

is precisely the whole universe.


whether one is aware of it or not,

there is no universe that is not the self.

--- Dogen

Sunday, February 20, 2011

when attention "returns"

When attention returns to its Source in Consciousness Itself,

there is an opportunity to realize that

"Oh, of course,




--- Joel Morwood

The Impersonal Awareness of Being is the ONLY Truth. -- Ramesh Balsekar

Impersonal Awareness, or What IS

transcends and includes

all the apparent movements of attention,


its conditioned by-products

of perception, conception, and identification.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

direct, non-volitional apperceiving

What does Atma darsana, 'direct perception of That' mean?

Seer-seeing-seen: these three are realized

as modifications created by the mind,

superimposed on the one all-pervading Consciousness.

--- Anandamayi Ma

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It is as it is -- Ramana

What seekers have so long been searching for

Turns out to be


Just as it is.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

where nothing is, there is everything -- Anandamayi Ma

Awareness becomes consciousness when it has an object.

The object changes all the time.

In consciousness there is movement [subject-object];

Awareness by itself is motionless and timeless, here and now.

--- Nisargadatta Maharaj

Friday, February 11, 2011

just this

"Intimacy" and "realization" are synonymous in traditional Zen Buddhist texts.

--- Robert Aitken


"Satori", now an English word, thanks to its introduction by D.T. Suzuki, has come to imply omniscient wisdom.

I much prefer the term KENSHO, which holds the more modest meaning of "seeing into (essential) nature."

"Shunyata", the void, expresses deepest experience ---

but I find that all too readily it becomes something abstract called "nothing."

--- From "Original Dwelling Place" by Robert Aitken

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Someone asked master Yun-men,

"What is the eye of the genuine teaching?"

The master said,

"It's everywhere!"

the Tathagata's inexpressible radiance

There is nothing at all from the very beginning.

Purity of the mind is "not a single thing."

When all forms are abandoned, there is the Buddha,

but even the Buddha can in no way be identified.

If the mind depends on anything, it has no sure haven.

--- from "Original Dwelling Place" by Robert Aitken

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

not even "nothing"

It is better to have nothing

than something good.

--- Yun-men

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

overcome everything

"Is the green fog, like the guardian, something that one has to overcome in order to SEE?" I asked Don Juan.

"Yes. One must overcome everything," he said.

"How can I overcome the green fog?"

"The same way you should have overcome the guardian, by letting it turn into nothing."

"What should I do?"

"Nothing. For you, the green fog is something much easier than the guardian...You never really SAW the guardian."

"Maybe that was because I didn't like it."

"No, you still don't understand. It doesn't matter whether you like or dislike the guardian. As long as you have a feeling toward it, the guardian will remain the same: monstrous, beautiful, or whatever. If, on the other hand, you have no feeling toward it, the guardian will become nothing and will still be there in front of you."

I insisted on asking him what he meant by that.

"You thought the guardian was something you knew; that's what I mean."

"But I didn't think it was something I knew."

"You thought: it was ugly; its size was awesome; it was a monster. You know what all those things are. So the guardian was always something you knew, and as long as it was something you knew you did not SEE it. I have told you already, the guardian had to become nothing and yet it had to stand in front of you. It had to be there and it had, at the same time, to be nothing."

Saturday, February 5, 2011

nothing is known

When a man learns to SEE, not a single thing he knows prevails - not a single one...not a single thing is any longer the same. Once we SEE, nothing is known - nothing remains as we used to know it when we didn't SEE.

--- Don Juan speaking, in "A Separate Reality" by Carlos Castaneda

Monday, January 31, 2011

THIS existence

To experience Bodhidharma's zen, there is no need to destroy THIS existence---YOU ARE FACING suddenly realize that THIS existence, "I and that," are your original nature and that you cannot say a word about it, cannot divide THIS existence into two pieces (mind and matter). Of course in that moment, all color, all sound, everything together, disappears [as such]. This is what is known as sudden enlightenment, Bodhidharma's zen.

---from "The Zen Eye" by Sokei-an

Saturday, January 22, 2011

'Ocean' and 'wave'

Nonduality does not mean 'not-duality'---that would be completely dualistic! In reality, nonduality includes (the appearance of) duality because it is everything. It is nothing (no-thing) and it is everything.

Ultimately, nonduality appears as duality. They are one and the same. Then you can't even speak of 'nonduality.'

In other words, the appearance of the wave is not a problem for the Ocean. The appearance of your life story is itself a perfect expression of Being. In this unconditional love, nothing is denied.

--- Jeff Foster

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Day by day, moment by moment, intrinsic adaptability in accordance with circumstances reveals itself.

When you hear the Buddha's teaching , it is the voice of the soul whispering. You call it "conscience." It does not always work by itself; we may have to dig it out to use it. Sometimes we listen; but it is very hard to take its orders---"Don't eat any more sausage!" But you have already decided---"Just a little more."

It is the sorrow of the human being that we know the "law" but cannot obey it. "Well," some old monk says laughingly, "perhaps that IS adaptability." I think I agree. After all, adaptability is not always as cold as ice.

When you understand adaptability in accordance with circumstances, you will understand the unity of all existence---the unity between this and that, you and me, the entire world. All is just one soul working by the same law of adaptability. We understand the law of society, of the human being, and of nature, the law of everything. The same law works in the human heart, in the tree, and in the weeds. When I was studying painting, I understood this very clearly. Now it works in Sokei-an in New York. Giving lectures in this terrible language is the position he must accept. We accept everything.

From the "Zen Eye" by Sokei-an

Monday, January 17, 2011

ch.32 The Disappearance of Subject

The reason why ignorance and knowledge are identical is because all concepts are objectivisations; enlightenment and ignorance are also identical, for both are objective concepts.

He who has lost his objective self thereby loses his subjective self, and has found his non-objectivity---which is the absence of subject and object.

Objects are neither 'empty' nor 'non-empty', not because they are or are not this or that, but because, of themselves, they are no 'thing' whatever BUT THEIR SOURCE ONLY.

The reason for comprehending the emptiness of objects is the abolition thereby of their subject, an abolition which remains impossible as long as the objects are perceived as real (since the one is the counterpart of the other, they have no independent identity). Phenomenally, therefore, they are one concept that has a dual aspect, and noumenon is its source.

Since subject can never be abolished directly via itself, the recognition of its objects as appearance only, results in the dis-appearance of itself as a supposed object functioning as their subject.

from "Open Secret" by Wei Wu Wei

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I am Not, but the Universe is my Self --- Shih T'ou, A.D. 700-790

In other words,

I am not any thing, but the apparent universe is my self.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Interpenetration of Self and Other

Towards the end of his book "In Over Our Heads," Robert Kegan mentions some features of what he describes as the post
"self-authoring" order of consciousness, two of which I found particularly interesting.

1) the sense of our relationships and connections
as prior to and constitutive of the individual self

2) an identification with the transformative process of our being
rather than the formative products of our becoming

Friday, January 14, 2011

structures of knowing

One pattern is forever repeated in the evolution of our structures of knowing, whether we are looking at mental development in infancy or the highly elaborated order of consciousness that underlies postmodernism. That pattern can be described like this: DIFFERENTIATION ALWAYS PRECEDES INTEGRATION. How could it be otherwise? Before we can reconnect to, internalize, or integrate something with which we were originally fused, we must first distinguish ourselves from it.

--- Robert Kegan

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Organisms organize, and human organisms organize meaning.--- William Perry

[My notion] that a given individual may over time come to organize her experience according to a higher order principle suggests that what we take as subject and what we take as object are not necessarily fixed for us. They are not permanent. They can change.

In fact, transforming our epistemologies, liberating ourselves from that in which we are embedded, making what was subject into object so that we can "have it" rather than "be had" by it---this is the most powerful way I know to conceptualize the growth of the mind.

It is a way of conceptualizing the growth of the mind that is as faithful to the self-psychology of the West as it is to the "wisdom literature" of the East. The roshis and lamas speak to the growth of the mind in terms of our developing ability to relate to what we were formerly attached to.

---from "In Over Our Heads, The Mental Demands of Modern Life" by Robert Kegan

Thursday, January 6, 2011

a bit more on faith

Only knowing is believing,

and such believing is being;

such "being" is another kind of faith,

the kind to cherish.

--- Wei Wu Wei


[To] "let your mind take its rise without fixing it anywhere"

means to be perfect master of oneself,

[not] dependent on anything,

perfectly free.

--- D. T. Suzuki

Sunday, January 2, 2011

a bit more on Prajna

Prajna, in many cases, can safely be [translated as] 'faith': not a belief in revealed truths, but a sort of immediate knowledge gained by intuitive intelligence. [Moreover] Prajna corresponds in some respects to 'wisdom': meaning the foundation of all reasonings and experiences.

--- from "Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism" by D. T. Suzuki