teachings of a modern spiritual adept
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Bite size teachings across 30 years.

For 30 years t.k. has offered radical spiritual teachings on the divine nature of non-dual contemplation and realization. Enlightened mind here and now, born from this culture, addressing the issues of this time and place t.k. offers transmission through countless forms - words being one of them. Here are some short pieces from his teachings over the last 30 years.

Non-duality knows appearance as divine.

Any realization of wisdom or non-duality that is not also a realization of appearances as divine, and of a lived beatific vision, is anemic and solely an intellectual conceit. This is why secular Buddhism, while definitely benefiting the neurotic scattered state of an overstressed society, misses the deeper import of these paths. Wisdom is Divine Love - as sweetness and sugar are not two. Minus the realization of the divine - spiritualized secularism is a band aide at best, a tool of oppression at worst. 

I am not talking of a simplistic naive theism here but of a profound realization of the essence, nature and energy of awareness - the unmanifest, the luminous flow and the irreducible openness that is as yet a mysterious appearing expressive display. Appearance without thingness - the living truth of Tögal's 4th vision - the exhaustion of all phenomena that heals the wound expressed so aptly in the phrase - Thingness is the Heart's great sorrow.

The realization of wisdom is preceded by the death of thingness in the deep of contemplation and it is followed by the resurrection of appearance in-as-of the unutterable mystery. This realization is feelingly known by the body in the sense of mysterium tremendum - the awe of divinity. Godliness as the mysterious union of the unmanifest and the appearing. 

It begins with the irrealization of thingness in luminosity and dwells as the unity of openness and clarity that is AwarenessAppearanceDivinity as a single word. That is Buddha Nature. 

Wisdom is not the mere realization of no-self, the lack of any inherent self and the interdependency of aggregates. That is a beginning, meager beginning, which if ego does not enshrine as the fullness of wisdom becomes the foundation for realization of the actual essence and nature of phenomena and being. 

When non-duality is realized, when the perfection of wisdom is known, then the qualities of godliness blossom across the face of appearance. Suffering comes to a complete end, but tender-hearted compassion remains and life’s actions flow forth from this as Love in action. - t.k. , talks with friends today

image - Tokujin Yoshioka, Rainbow Church

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