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