"Giving attention to What-Is and
Not giving attention to
What appears to be, is
The key to opening
The prison door."
Self-liberate Even the Antidote
Even Emptiness is Empty; When thoughts about emptiness or lack of self arise, look at the thought itself. It releases and you return to your original nature.
The antidote is the realization that our discursive (wandering,digressing) thoughts have no origin… But we need to go beyond that antidote. We should not hang on the so-what-ness of it, the naivete of it. The idea of the antidote is that everything is empty, so you have nothing to care about…whether anything great or small comes up, nothing really matters very much… so let it go… you can murder, you can meditate, you can perform art, you can do all kinds of things - everything is meditation, whatever you do. But there is something very tricky about the whole approach. That dwelling on emptiness is a misinterpretation, called the ‘poison of shunyata’.
So the point of this slogan is not to cling to the realization of nothingness. Having this realization can lead one to think that nothing truly matters, or adopt a sort of nihilistic outlook, sometimes referred to as the Poison of Shunyata, as stated in the above quote by Chogyam Trungpa. I find this extremely relevant in connection with the practices we did in preparation for Losar, which involved the practice of Prajnaparamita, Heart Sutra. Truly looking inward and realizing the nature of emptiness naturally brings a rise in compassion and bodhicitta which can not be construed as empty and meaningless.
Pay attention to what antidotes you cling to, to take the bite out of experience. When you have a spiritual or meditative experience, how do you relate with it, and what is the result?
In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds them.
For two days, they will say to the man all the good things that he has done.
The tribe believes that each human being comes into the world as a good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness.
But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes.
The community sees those mistakes as a cry for help.
They unite then to lift him, to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth of which he had been temporarily disconnected: “I am good.”
NABAJYOTISAIKIA, is a compliment used in South Africa and means: “I respect you, I cherish you. You matter to me.” In response, people say SHIKOBA, which is: “So, I exist for you.”
"So, I exist for you"… so tender
Repetition compulsion - the desire to expose oneself to a previous danger/trauma, sometimes in the other role. Its unconsciously seeking healing but sadly often causing more trauma.
"Your desires and sankalpas- or intentions separate you from God. Offer all of your desires and sankalpas to the Divine. Then you are divine. You are God. You are free- lacking nothing."
Rest in a natural way like a small child. Rest like an ocean without waves. Rest within clarity like a candle flame. Rest without self-concerns like a human corpse. Rest unmoving like a mountain.
Thich Nhat Hanh on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra
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""And when this innumerable, immeasurable, infinite number of beings has become liberated, we do not, in truth, think that a single being has been liberated."
This is the first flash of lightning. The Buddha goes directly to the heart of prajnaparamita, presenting the principle of formlessness. He tells us that a true practitioner helps all living beings in a natural and spontaneous way, without distinguishing between the one who is helping and the one who is being helped. When our left hand is injured, our right hand takes care of it right away. It doesn’t stop to say, “I am taking care of you. You are benefiting from my compassion.” The right hand knows very well that the left hand is also the right hand. There is no distinction between them. This is the principle of interbeing- coexistence, or mutual interdependence. “This is because that is”. With this understanding- the right hand helping the left hand in a formless way- there is no need to distinguish between the right hand and the left hand.
For a bodhisattva, the work of helping others is natural, like breathing. When her brother suffers, she offers care and support. She does not think that she has to help him in order to practise the Dharma or because her teacher said she should. It isn’t necessary to have an idea of helping. We feel the need to do it, and we do it. This is easy to understand. If we act in the spirit if formlessness, we will not say later on, “When my brother was sick, I took care of him every day. I made him soup and did many other things for him, and now he is not at all grateful.” If we speak like that, our actions were done in the spirit of form. This is not what is called a good deed according to the prajnaparamita. Formlessness is something concrete that we can put into practise here and now.”
-Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra by Thich Nhat Hanh
"You need not stop thinking. Just cease being interested. It is disinterestedness that liberates. Don’t hold on, that is all."
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"No matter how many times I tell you this, you’re still thinking, thinking,
judging, judging, coming to conclusions, trying to work out your life.
You have to let go. Totally, absolutely, completely."