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Two Eyes Open Togethor

Post by jundocohen » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:19 am

In Shikantaza, one learns to have ordinary human preferences, yet simultaneously, no preferences at all, all in the very same instant. We can have wants and needs, yet be totally free of all wants and needs, both together in the same heart. It is possible to have healthy human desires while also free of all desire whatsoever, in a single thought!

It is like seeing out of two eyes, left and right, perceiving and encountering the world from different and opposing angles ... preferences yet no preferences, desires yet no desires, needs yet no needs ... with both eyes open together holding the clarity of a Buddha's Eye.

One learns that sometimes we will fear in life (for there are some scary things) yet, in the very same moment, one knows the shelter beyond all fear to the marrow. Running for our very lives in a cold sweat, yet free of all fear, held in one taste.

These seeming contradictions are like opposite flavors mixed together in a pot, the sour and sweet perfuming and empowering each other, such that fear and fearlessness. goals and goalless, needs and satisfaction, become one luscious taste.

One learns that we can make choices, have goals and things to do, for we must be active to live, and we can have likes and loves, as well as things we detest, hopes. regrets and dreams ... yet as if sharing the very same heart ..., there is freedom from all preferences, a flood of equanimity, nothing to repair, nothing in need of doing, no goal remaining unfulfilled. We are incomplete yet complete at once.

It is like making a trip, pushing ahead to the goal of desired destinations, yet as one walks, each single footstep is its own arrival, and no matter how far one goes, one never leaves home.

We learn to live in a world of birth and death, aging, sickness and health ... yet, in the same breath, know timelessness, flowing beyond birth and death, wholeness washing away all measures of sickness or health. Death yet no death, sickness yet never sickness, time yet timeless ...
People wrongly believe that we can be or need to be only one way or the other: We are either driven to survive by human desires, or frozen like opium addicts so totally content that they forget to feed themselves. They think that fear and total freedom from fear is an either/or proposition, and both cannot logically be true at once, yet our Koan revealed is that "either" and "or" are just two faces of a single mountain, the front and back of one shining moon. A secret of Zen Practice is that one can know total contentedness AND human discontent at once, simultaneously experienced, as two sides of a no sided coin. We can experience ordinary human desires, fears, plans, sadness ... while not being their prisoner, all in lovely moderation ... while further, thoroughly free of all desire, fear, goals and sadness at once, to the marrow, case closed.

Our way to know this Wisdom is to sit in the complete Wholeness and Completion of simple sitting, Shikantaza, filled with equanimity, nothing more to choose, nothing whatsoever more in need of attaining ... all as our eyes remain open, and thoughts drift by, of discontents, choices, fears and all the rest.

This is the wisdom of Shikantaza.

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Re: Two Eyes Open Togethor

Post by p22 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:09 pm

Translucent, foundational beauty-

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Re: Two Eyes Open Togethor

Post by avisitor » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:16 pm

I have always found that human beings are full of contradictions
Crying when happy, Performing cruel acts believing it to be justice and good
A girl will say she loves someone and yet break up with that person.

And when it comes to Buddhism, life is an illusion and most of us live in ignorance
Yet we know that cut us and we bleed
Drop an raw egg and it will fall and break.

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Re: Two Eyes Open Togethor

Post by fuki » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:10 pm

Good stuff.
There is a difference between spontaneous fear, like for instance when I was chased by a Mastino Napoletano in the animal shelter running until I just got out of the gate with a second to spare, and fear based on memory attachment, which is an internal narrative, like being afraid of dogs based solely on past experiences. Memory can be of service ofcourse, all fire burns, not all dogs bite.

beneath the spoiler some Q&A on the subject from sri niz, perhaps Jundo is willing to share some comments on it.
[SPOILER]
Desire and fear
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Experience caught between desire and fear is impure and creates karma.

Desire is the memory of pleasure and fear is the memory of pain. Both make the mind restless. Moments of pleasure are merely gaps in the stream of pain. How can the mind be happy?

Q: In what way do I disturb peace?
M: By being a slave to your desires and fears.

It is desires and fears that make the mind restless. Free from all negative emotions it is quiet.

Freedom from all desire is eternity. All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. And fear makes one a slave.

Q: When I see something pleasant, I want it. Who exactly wants it? The self or the mind?
M: The question is wrongly put. There is no 'who'. There is desire, fear, anger, and the mind says -- this is me, this is mine. There is no thing which could be called 'me' or 'mine'. Desire is a state of the mind, perceived and named by the mind. Without the mind perceiving and naming, where is desire?

It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy -- truth liberates.

Your daily life vibrates between desire and fear. Watch it intently and you will see how the mind assumes innumerable names and shapes, like a river foaming between the boulders. Trace every action to its selfish motive and look at the motive intently till it dissolves.

The entire universe of pain is born of desire. Souls take whatever pleasure they desire and pay for them in tears. Give up the desire for pleasure and you will not even know what is pain.

The world is the abode of desires and fears. You cannot find peace in it. For peace you must go beyond the world. The rootcause of the world is self-love. Because of it we seek pleasure and avoid pain. Replace self-love by love of the Self and the picture changes.

Naturally, selfishness is always destructive. Desire and fear, both are self-centred states. Between desire and fear anger arises, with anger hatred, with hatred passion for destruction. War is hatred in action, organised and equipped with all the instruments of death.

It is in the nature of desire to prompt the mind to create a world for its fulfilment. Even a small desire can start a long line of action; what about a strong desire? Desire can produce a universe; its powers are miraculous. Just as a small matchstick can set a huge forest on fire, so does a desire light the fires of manifestation.

The very purpose of creation is the fulfilment of desire. The desire may be noble, or ignoble, space (akash) is neutral -- one can fill it with what one likes: You must be very careful as to what you desire. And as to the people you want to help, they are in their respective worlds for the sake of their desires; there is no way of helping them except through their desires. You can only teach them to have right desires so that they may rise above them and be free from the urge to create and re-create worlds of desires, abodes of pain and pleasure.

We have divorced ourselves in our imagination from the real world of common experience and enclosed ourselves in a cloud of personal desire and fears, images and thoughts, ideas and concepts.

You have enclosed yourself in time and space, squeezed yourself into the span of a lifetime and the volume of a body and thus created the innumerable conflicts of life and death, pleasure and pain, hope and fear. You cannot be rid of problems without abandoning illusions.

Everybody sees the world through the idea he has of himself. As you think yourself to be, so you think the world to be. If you imagine yourself as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear. I do not see the world as separate from me and so there is nothing for me to desire, or fear.

Q: Was your realisation sudden or gradual.
M: Neither. One is what one is timelessly. It is the mind that realises as and when it get cleared of desires and fears.

Q: Even the desire for realisation?
M: The desire to put an end to all desires is a most peculiar desire, just like the fear of being afraid is a most peculiar fear. One stops you from grabbing and the other from running. You may use the same words, but the states are not the same. The man who seeks realisation is not addicted to desires; he is a seeker who goes against desire, not with it. A general longing for liberation is only the beginning; to find the proper means and use them is the next step. The seeker has only one goal in view: to find his own true being. Of all desires it is the most ambitious, for nothing and nobody can satisfy it; the seeker and the sought are one and the search alone matters.

The obstacles to the clear perception of one's true being are desire for pleasure and fear of pain. It is the pleasure-pain motivation that stands in the way. The very freedom from all motivation, the state in which no desire arises is the natural state.

I am free of desire or fear, because I do not remember the past, or imagine the future. Where there are no names and shapes, how can there be desire and fear? With desirelessness comes timelessness.

The main thing is to be free of negative emotions -- desire, fear etc., the 'six enemies' of the mind. Once the mind is free of them, the rest will come easily. Just as cloth kept in soap water will become clean, so will the mind get purified in the stream of pure feeling.

Once you realise that all comes from within, that the world in which you live has not been projected onto you but by you, your fear comes to an end.

You realise that the person you became at birth and will cease to be at death is temporary and false. You are not the sensual, emotional and intellectual person, gripped by desires and fears. Find out your real being. What am l? is the fundamental question of all philosophy and psychology. Go into it deeply.

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Re: Two Eyes Open Togethor

Post by jundocohen » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:15 am

fuki wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:10 pm
Good stuff.
There is a difference between spontaneous fear, like for instance when I was chased by a Mastino Napoletano in the animal shelter running until I just got out of the gate with a second to spare, and fear based on memory attachment, which is an internal narrative, like being afraid of dogs based solely on past experiences. Memory can be of service ofcourse, all fire burns, not all dogs bite.

beneath the spoiler some Q&A on the subject from sri niz, perhaps Jundo is willing to share some comments on it.
Desires, especially for the healthful and in moderation, are necessary for human life. We need desires.

And yet, we can fully transcend desires at once, as one. Desires, yet absolutely free of desires too, in one heart.

Fears, especially if about realistic threats and in moderation, are necessary for human life. We need fear.

And yet, we can fully transcend fear at once, as one. Fear, yet absolutely free from fear too, in one heart.

Memories of the past, and mental dreams and pondering of the future, are necessary for human life. We learn from the past, we prepare for anticipated circumstances of the future, including avoiding very real dangers.

Yet, we do not need to be prisoners of memories, and can simply learn from them, rectifying our mistakes and seeking not to repeat them, learning from past successes as well. In our dreaming and pondering of the future, we should learn equanimity, and to plan and ponder calmly. But memories and dreams of the future, properly handled, are not a problem.

At the same time, while recalling the past or dreaming of the future, we can drop away all thought of "past" and "future" (and thus no need for "present" either, as it cannot stand alone!) One thus experiences "timeless time," time yet timeless all at the same time. There is past and present and future, yet not, and only this.

Gassho, J

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Re: Two Eyes Open Togethor

Post by desertwoodworker » Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:19 am

One eye, open to Wisdom.

Aye, aye, aye!, that is the eye.

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