dharma of true mind, prior to consciousness
One short pause between
the leaky road here
and the never leaking Way there:
If it rains let it rain!
If it storms let it storm! Zen Master Ikkyu wrote:
The dharma of true mind, prior to consciousness, empty and luminous, this is the Buddha’s Lion Throne. With deep sincerity, loving all beings from my heart, I wish for them to find the way beyond suffering. This body become a candle, burning light, a joy and sorrow - for what greater joy can there be than this mingled wonder of awareness/appearance and what greater sorrow can there be than its beauty needlessly missed by beings in samsara.
The true eye of never turns from suffering for it never turns from anything at all, it is only radiant awareness to infinity from the ceaselessness of spaciousness. I remember when I was young I read Dune and there is a quote which says, “Fear is the little death. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it is gone I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” This is a very beautiful quote and only a step shy of true. When the mind does not stop at the edge of fear, or love, or pain, or hope, or anything at all then the inner eye sees there is nothing but radiance ..... not even a self.
In this no-thing-ness, this no self, there is the birth of true love, wisdom without arrogance. The urge the self reflexive self contraction of fear is a fierce habit in all beings. It is not easy to let go and yet this letting go is the only true meaning of our lives. In this let go beyond all reference there is the peace of perfect freedom - and there is the unimpeded fountainhead of compassion and beauty.
Every being is invited but who will listen to the subtle call? Who has ears to hear, eyes to see? Can you listen to mind with such subtlety that you see through the logic of its construct and into the context rather than the content. Yes, there is no path to where you have always been but at the same time the mechanism of listening of looking has been so dulled by mind’s confused grasping and aversion that it takes some time to make it subtle once again.
Without the body there is no Buddha. But with the body there is the demand to make the whole body into an organ of knowledge. The brains conversation with itself is good for getting to the grocery store but its fact based knowledge system cannot know the subtlety of wisdom. There are many organs of knowledge and they sleep in the darkness of ignorance. The body is an organ of knowledge if its senses are honed with wisdom. The Heart is an organ of knowledge if it is polished with the cloth of Love. Body, mind, heart all functioning purely, freely in wisdom synergize into a single living body of gnosis and from this the most subtle mind of wisdom can emerge and recognize - re- cognize, know again - the world.
When this happens then Beingness and consciousness are known in truth as infinite and beautiful - but even this is not the end. Prior to consciousness is the wisdom reality! Even beyond Being, or non being, is the ultimate! A fire is introduced into a hollow log the log burns away and then the fire also disappears. When body mind and heart function as a single force of knowingness then they also disappear into the singularity of awareness and appearance .. then ..... then only mystery.
The path is available to all -- but who has ears to hear, eyes to see, courage to engage?