Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Let it be! - 021

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Let it be!

Résumé: Reasoning: everything is dependently co-arisen (1st truth) ==> thus everything is empty of inherent existence (2nd truth) ==> thus there is no real origination, duration, cessation of anything ==> thus everything is merely labelled / imputed by the mind ==> thus everything is beyond all opposition / duality ==> thus everything is not this, not non-this, not both together, not neither (tetralemma) ==> thus there is nothing to accept nothing to reject in absolute terms (Middle Way free from all extremes & middle). 


That is why we say Let it be! No need to go to war for illusions / mirages. No need to try to control everything -- accepting this rejecting that in absolute terms --. Be open to the lessons of Reality, to the magical show; learn from them.


(i.e. Logic: This résumé of all Madhyamaka reasonings will be useful to analyse this text:
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Union of the Two Truths about any & all dharmas [U2T]:
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{All dharmas are not really different / separate / multiple / dual / in opposition or relation, but are more like an inconceivable Union of being empty of inherent existence (2nd truth - not real existence) <==> because of being inseparable (one cannot exists without the other), interdependent (one implies the other), co-defined (the definition of one defines the other), co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent (they arise together), co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended (they cease together), in harmony (not in real opposition), equal / non-dual / one (1st truth - not complete non-existence);
they are like illusions / dreams / reflections / rainbows / like the displays of a magical show or cosmic dance of luminosity; in other words, they are appearing but still empty, empty but still appearing; one aspect / truth implies the other (<==>), one aspect / truth proves the other (<==>). This is the King of reasoning; the Union of the Two Truths. [U2T]}
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<==> {because of that then they have no real three stages of existence: i. origination / beginning / birth / before / past, ii. duration / middle / life / change / during / present, iii. cessation / ending / death / after / future; they have no real parts, or defining characteristics, or three marks, or functional properties, or qualities;
and so they have no permanence / continuity / eternity, no impermanence / discontinuity / annihilation, or any combination of the two, or neither, between one infinitesimal moment and the next one (valid for any thing, any being, any relation / action), or between two consecutive rebirths for beings, or between samsara and nirvana}
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<==> {because of these then they are merely labelled / imputed / conceptualised / categorised / classified by the mind / subject (after the fact) in co-dependence with its conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective, cosmic); in other words, as objects they are inseparable, interdependent, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing, non-dual with the subject / mind -- in the non-dual sense of those terms; ex. subject & object are not different / separate / two / dual / independent, not identical / united / one / non-dual / dependent, not both together, not neither [U3S]}
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<==> {because of these then there is no real difference, separation, opposition, relation, dependence, duality between them…, and no real identity / sameness, unity, equality, non-duality, oneness, independence either; there is no inherent / universal / absolute basis for any discrimination between them (acceptation or rejection) or non-discrimination, action or non-action; ex. it is not about accepting one or few opposite(s) while rejecting the other(s), not about accepting all opposites, not about rejecting all opposites [Uopp]}
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<==> {because of these then they are not 'this', not 'non-this', not both together, not neither (tetralemma) -- and there is no other possibility -- for whatever dualistic concept ‘this’ is --; meaning their true nature is indescribable, inconceivable, beyond all conceptual proliferations, beyond all extremes & middle; examples, they are
- not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither;
- not inherently existent, not completely non-existent, not both together, not neither;
- not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither;
- not purely objective / physical / body, not purely subjective / mental / mind, not purely relational / process / conceptual / speech, not two or three of them together, not none of them;
- not dependent / caused / produced / functional, not independent / uncaused/spontaneous / unproduced / non-functional, not both together, not neither;
- not empty, not non-empty, not both together, not neither;
- not dependently co-arisen / interdependent (1st truth), not empty of inherent existence (2nd truth), not both truths together, not neither truth;
- not good / pure / perfect / equal / divine, not bad / impure / imperfect / unequal / ordinary, not both together, not neither;
- not conventional / relative / false, not absolute / universal / true, not both together, not neither;
- not this/that, not non-this/non-that, not both together, not neither.}
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<==> {because of these then we say that they are like transparent, uncompounded, self-arisen, unborn, uncreated, unfabricated, unchanging, unceasing, spontaneous displays of the Ground, unobstructed, infinite, timeless, one in naturelessness, primordially equal, pure, perfect, divine, Buddha-nature, Buddhaverse, Dharmata, Suchness, Trikaya … That is the inconceivable indivisible self-arisen Ground / Dharmata. With direct wisdom, everything is transcended / purified / self-liberated into this self-arisen timeless equal pure perfect Ground / the inconceivable true nature of Reality as it is in the three times.}
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<==> {because of these then the best attitude toward them is the Middle Way free from all extremes & middle;
Extremes like: i) existence / realism, ii) non-existence / nihilism, iii) both together / dualism, iv) neither / monism; or extremes like v) subject-only / mind-only / idealism / subjectivism, vi) object-only / naïve realism / objectivism, vii) relation-only / process-only / action-only / relationism / processism, viii) two or three of them together / pluralism, ix) none to them / monism;
so there is nothing to accept / affirm / seek / do / perceive / know in absolute terms, nothing to reject / negate / abandon / not-do / not-perceive / not-know in absolute terms, just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively if it helps someone to get closer to the truth about the true nature of Reality as it is here & now;
so the best attitude is just to let them be, and transcend / purify / self-liberate them by directly perceiving / realising / abiding in their true nature (the Ground); to use them as possible temporary imperfect adapted skillful means while being fully aware of their true essence nature & dynamic, without any fixation / reification, without any illusion about them, without being fooled by them, without any grasping, without any attachment, without any di-vision between subject action & object, without becoming slave to them, while being totally free from them not without them}
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All dharmas are like that. Everything in all Madhyamaka teachings comes down to these reasonings. Together they are like a self-arisen indestructible vajra; one facet supported by the others. Together they point to the Ground, and generate 'certainty' about the view, path and fruition.)






Let it be ~ Ajahn Chah

Do not try to become anything.

Do not make yourself into anything.

Do not be a meditator.

Do not become enlightened.

When you sit, let it be.

What you walk, let it be.

Grasp at nothing.

Resist nothing.

If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate.


-- Ajahn Chah

https://quotes.justdharma.com/let-it-be/ 

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Let it be free ~ Ponlop Rinpoche 

The nature of mind is free, yet we are binding it every minute.
That is the problem: we want it to be free, but we won’t let it be free.


-- Ponlop Rinpoche 

https://quotes.justdharma.com/let-it-be-free/ 

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Let the phenomena play ~ Chögyam Trungpa 

So let the phenomena play. 

Let the phenomena make fools of themselves by themselves. 

This is the approach.


-- Chögyam Trungpa

https://quotes.justdharma.com/let-the-phenomena-play-chogyam-trungpa/ 

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Letting it be without seeking ~ Naropa

When speaking of Mahamudra,

It is not an identity that can be shown.

Therefore the mind’s suchness

Is itself the state of Mahamudra.


It is neither something to be corrected nor transformed,

But when anyone sees and realizes its nature

All that appears and exists is Mahamudra,

The great and all-encompassing dharmakaya.


Naturally and without contriving, allowed simply to be,

This unimagined dharmakaya,

Letting it be without seeking is the meditation training.

But to meditate while seeking is deluded mind.


-- Naropa

from the book Songs of Naropa: Commentaries on Songs of Realization

https://quotes.justdharma.com/letting-it-be-without-seeking-naropa/ 

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Letting be ~ Chögyam Trungpa 

The method that the Buddha discovered is meditation. He discovered that struggling to find answers did not work. It was only when there were gaps in his struggle that insights came to him. He began to realize that there was a sane, awake quality within him that manifested itself only in the absence of struggle. So the practice of meditation involves “letting be.”


-- Chögyam Trungpa

from the book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

https://quotes.justdharma.com/letting-be-chogyam-trungpa/ 

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Complete acceptance ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche 

The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself.


-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

quoted in the book The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

https://quotes.justdharma.com/complete-acceptance-dilgo-khyentse-rinpoche/ 

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The truth of the spiritual path ~ Chögyam Trungpa 

Letting go is only possible for short periods. 

We need some discipline to bring us to “letting be.” 

We must walk a spiritual path. 

Ego must wear itself out like an old shoe, journeying from suffering to liberation. 

The truth of the spiritual path, the practice of meditation, is the Fourth Noble Truth taught by the Buddha.


– Chögyam Trungpa

from the book "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism"

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-truth-of-the-spiritual-path-chogyam-trungpa/ 

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Let It Be - The Beatles

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be


Let it be, let it be

Let it be, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom

Let it be


And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree

There will be an answer, let it be

For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see

There will be an answer, let it be


Let it be, let it be

Let it be, let it be

Yeah, there will be an answer

Let it be

Let it be, let it be

Let it be, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom

Let it be


Let it be, let it be

Let it be, yeah, let it be

Whisper words of wisdom

Let it be


And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me

Shine until tomorrow, let it be

I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be


Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be


There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be


Whisper words of wisdom, let it be


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7wErmth4k4 

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The assertion “not thinking anything” is a denial of wisdom, the very characteristic of pure discernment. Since the root of pure wisdom is pure discernment, if you reject discernment you are abandoning the wisdom that transcends samsara, as you have cut it from the root.


-- Tulku Thondup 

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Use your thoughts instead of being used by them ~ Mingyur Rinpoche 

When you don’t understand the nature and origin of your thoughts (of all fabrications), your thoughts use you. When the Buddha recognized the nature of his mind (subject, object, and relation /action), he reversed the process. He showed us how we use our thoughts instead of being used by them.


-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/use-your-thoughts-instead-of-being-used-by-them/ 

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Essential meditation instruction ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Uncontrived naturalness is not something that one does, even though it sounds like you do remain in naturalness, and you avoid fabricating. Actually, it is the opposite of doing. One does not do anything. By repeatedly letting be in the state of uncontrived naturalness, it becomes automatic. Don’t think that there is a long moment between two thoughts that you need to somehow nail down and own. That would not be automatic; it would be fabricated. Rather than improving upon the recognition of your own nature, simply remain completely at ease. It is a matter of self-existing wakefulness getting used to itself. Do not try to keep the state of naturalness. The state will be self-kept as the natural outcome of your growing familiarity with it. Do not fall into distraction. Short moments, repeated many times. Because of our very strong habit to always do something, the moment of non-doing doesn’t usually last long. In other words, there is no real stability. We quickly create doubts through conceptual thoughts, wondering, “Is this it?” or “Maybe not?” Our recognition almost immediately slips away. That is just how it is, and there is not much that we can do about that initially. That is why we practice recognizing for short moments, repeated many times. If we do not repeat the recognition of mind essence, we never grow used to it. “Short moments” ensures that it is the real, authentic naturalness. For a beginner, recognition of the authentic state does not last longer than a short moment. “Many times” means that we need to grow more and more familiar with this state… To be relaxed and let go in the moment of recognizing — that is the most important thing. Then, when the recognition slips away, we can simply repeat it again. In the beginning, approach the natural state by settling the mind; otherwise our strong negative habits of involvement in thinking this and that keeps the attention very busy, and a multitude of thoughts arise. The starting point is therefore letting go, relaxing, and settling completely. Among the thoughts that arise, remain, and disappear, one tries to keep the quality of relaxing and remaining. That requires effort, and thus is not the effortless natural state. Still it is helpful because when the mind becomes more quiet and settled, it’s easier to recognize what it is that feels quiet, what it is that keeps still. When your mind, your attention, is not so busy, it becomes easier to see that it is not an entity.


-- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

from the book As It Is, Vol. 2

https://quotes.justdharma.com/essential-meditation-instruction-tulku-urgyen-rinpoche/ 

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Just leave it alone ~ Tai Situ Rinpoche 

When we have any kind of lust or attachment, which is very natural for all of us, then instead of looking at it as an enemy and as being terrible, or embracing it as wonderful and desirable, just leave it alone and look at that state of mind, which is very noticeable and very clear because of the lust and the desire.


We all try to see our mind but we cannot. This is a totally inappropriate example but somehow it helps you to understand. If there was a ghost and you had some special ghost-revealing dust-powder, if you threw the powder on the ghost you would see a powder body with two or four arms and maybe no head; scary. So it is like that – we cannot see our mind but when it is manifesting as second or third generation, as attachment or anger, we can see it, no problem.


So instead of looking at the emotion as negative or embracing and going after it, just look at it. Then you are able to see the nature of your mind, which is manifesting negatively in a form of attachment, but in essence it is the ‘kuntog thobpa yeshe’ (wisdom of perfect discernment or wisdom of great joy) or ‘nyampa nyi kyi yeshe’ (wisdom or equanimity) or ‘so sor tog pai yeshe’ (discriminating wisdom). That way it manifests and is how you are able to transform it ultimately. But relatively it is also very good.


-- Tai Situ Rinpoche

from the book Aspiration of Kuntu Zangpo

https://quotes.justdharma.com/just-leave-it-alone-tai-situ-rinpoche/ 

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