Thursday, 14 March 2013

Reality


"Even here in the charnel house of birth and death,
Reality is flayed bare and open to you.
Even in the midst of this coming and going,
even in the midst of your fear of change,
of death,
even in your uncertainty and doubt,
even in your pretensions, even in your misunderstanding
the body of the Buddha stands forth as you, as each and every one of you.


But do you understand? Do you understand?"

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"Because you see, because you hear,
because you touch, taste, smell and think and feel,
you are radiantly free.


Because all that you are presents itself as ways of knowing,
because everything that you think that you are,
anything that you could point to as being "me"
is merely something known,
something arising within Knowing.

 
You are radiantly free.
But do you understand?"
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"This coming and going,
this birth and death,
is nothing to be afraid of.

There is nothing to be afraid of.

But because our lives, our worlds,
are coming and going
and because we believe them to be "our" lives and "our" worlds,
we try to hold on.


We try to hold on as everything falls through our fingers.
We try to grasp with words,
with feelings,
with fingers and toes,
but everything

falls away.
We become entangled in our attempts to hold on,
but everything we hold on to falls away
and even our entanglement falls away,
so we need to entangle ourselves once again and again. 

Our intelligence becomes entangled in what it's being intelligent about.
We become entangled in deceit.
We become entangled in our relationships because they are based on the presumption of a separation between self and other.

But do you understand who you are?
Only when your life becomes entwined with this question,
only when your life presents itself
as this question,
will you understand." 


Taken from: http://www.wwzc.org/book/treasure-house

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