Posted in Empty on January 2, 2015 by bamboorose

Inquiring Minds Want to Know! So be it!

There is no time when you have experienced anything outside of your consciousness. All experience only occurs in consciousness.

Closing your eyes for a moment, just experience the conscious content of consciousness. Is there anything in your consciousness that is made of a substance other than consciousness itself? If you perceive a tree for instance, all you experience regarding the tree occurs in consciousness. No wood, no leaves, no bark appear in consciousness; only perceptual images do. This is true also of all experience.

It’s true for people too. We only ever experience mental images and the sensory stimulations caused by people but never more than that. The world we experience only exists in our minds or consciousness. In other words our experiences are always only representative of something we never know directly or outside of our own consciousness.

Seeing this clearly we can notice two facts about experience:

All phenomena appearing in the mind or consciousness have no substance other than consciousness and consciousness has no solidity or substance. We could say the appearances in consciousness are empty of substantive or inherent existence. Or we could say the appearances occurring in mind are just “empty”. They have no endurance; not even for a second, yet they appear; like daydreams.

All of our suffering, anxiety, sense of self and frustration also only exist in consciousness, yet without any substance other than consciousness itself. Seeing the empty nature of consciousness itself, it only follows that we notice its contents to be equally empty; like empty daydreams.

When the mind realizes all phenomena only ever exist in consciousness and that both consciousness and its contents are all equally empty; we can say that the mind “has realized the empty nature of all experience”. Nothing is left out of this all inclusive wisdom or prajna insight.

Seeing there is nothing of substance to grasp, grasping ceases. Seeing there is no one to grasp anything, grasping never arises. The same for avoidance and resistance. Hence hope and fear have lost their footing. Only peace and deep relaxation endure in such an undefined openness.

This is the liberation the Buddha and Nagarjuna spoke about.

Happy 2015!!!!

~JP

Posted in Empty on December 26, 2014 by bamboorose

The Road Not Taken  ~  Robert Frost
…..
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

Posted in Empty on October 10, 2014 by bamboorose

“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men—go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers of families—re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body.”
–from Preface to “Leaves of Grass” (1855)

Posted in Empty on October 2, 2014 by bamboorose

Love is simply not questioning anything.

~ M.L.

Posted in Empty on July 31, 2014 by Oushi

Freedom cannot be defined.

Posted in Empty on July 22, 2014 by Oushi

Culture is impression. 

Posted in Empty on July 18, 2014 by Oushi

Every experience is equally valid!

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