Alchemical consideration - View Meditation Conduct
The 'work' is not accomplished through talk and intellectual consideration - though this is a proper base for understanding the 'view'. The 'work' of spiritual life is a practical alchemy in which the pot of the body is filled with the proper ingredients and boiled slowly to transform lead of delusion into gold of wisdom awareness
One begins with the alchemical considerations of The View - that set of propositions which give the lay of the land for the Great Work, the experiment performed in the laboratory of Being. It is then followed by the Meditations, the methods which test the view and make it real, realized, in body, speech, mind, qualities, activities. And finally Conduct takes View out into the world for the final test drive.
The considerations of The View are not mere intellectualisms but a description of the experiment and how it is done. Blind faith is Not the point of Dharma. One might consider The View as a hypothesis to be tried and tested. And it has been, again and again, by women and men across history and across continents.
But these propositions are themselves a form of spiritual transmission and power to be worked with existentially, to be seen as alchemical ingredients put into the crucible of mind. To work alchemically with propositions one cloths mind, feeling and being with them. Let me explain.
Take a proposition like the thorough understanding of the First of the Four Thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma - precious human birth. One considers it deeply in mind. Its meaning, its import, its implications. One clothes conceptuality with it. One realizes the inherent and divine possibility within human life at an intellectual level. But this is not enough. Next one considers it in feeling. Clothe feeling in it. Consider its meaning with feeling - feeling is also a way of knowing. Feel the exaltation which is known in contemplation of the precious divine nature of human birth. Let this feeling of inherent nobility and dignity spread across the tissue and apparatus of being - the body. Breathe it in, spread it across, hold it and cherish it. At this level alchemical contemplation might also begin to take the form of contemplated images.
The images of tantric deities are profound divine transmissions - imaged feelings and felt images at the alchemical level.
Finally one cloths beingness itself in the consideration. This is done by holding the contemplation within the silent alert nature of mind until it has pervaded beingness. The first is discursive consideration, the next is feeling contemplation and finally there is consideration as prayer in the silence of deep meditation.
If the propositions of Dharma as considered in this way then they pass beyond being mere intellectualisms and become existential realities of our way of being. they change how we live in the world. It is this set of changes which make possible further and deeper knowing of reality for every true change in the state of ones knowledge requires a change in the state of ones being as well
. - t.k.