The Backward Steps - Dogen:
Learn the backward step
that turns your light inward
to illuminate your self.
Body and mind of themselves
will drop away,
and your original face will be manifest.
Coming, going, the waterbirds
don't leave a trace,
don't follow a path.
𝗻𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗱, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝘆 𝗯𝗼𝗮𝘁
𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝗼𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁.
(i.e. Suggested interpretation from somewhere on the Net: 'we need to be empty so that the things of this world can reveal themselves to us'. Meaning to be able to directly perceive the true nature & dynamic of Reality (of subject / mind, relation / action, object / phenomena) in the here & now, we first need to calm our body, speech & mind sufficiently, and be fully present here & now. But, no need to kill the body, speech & mind, they will calm themself automatically with full equanimous mindfulness of the present moment. They -- appearances, thoughts, feelings ... -- will still/always arise, but the more we directly perceive / realise their true nature & dynamic, the less they will disturb us. We will become free from them, not necessarily free of them / without them. Free to use then without any craving, attachment ... without leaving a trace / karma.)
Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.
Although its light is wide and great,
The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.
The whole moon and the entire sky
Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
Waves in the Mind -- Shunryu Suzuki
When you are practicing meditation, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer.
Many sensations come, many thoughts or images arise, but they are just waves of your own mind. Nothing comes from outside your mind. Usually we think of our mind as receiving impressions and experiences from outside, but that is not a true understanding of our mind. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴; when you think something comes from outside it means only that something appears in your mind. Nothing outside yourself can cause any trouble. You yourself make the waves in your mind. If you leave your mind as it is, it will become calm. This mind is called 𝗯𝗶𝗴 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 (i.e. primordial awareness / Ground).
If your mind is related to something outside itself, that mind is a 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱, a limited mind (i.e. conceptual dualistic mind + thoughts ...). If your mind is not related to anything else, then there is no dualistic understanding in the activity of your mind. You understand activity as just waves of your mind. Big mind experiences everything within itself. Do you understand the difference between the two minds: the mind which includes everything, and the mind which is related to something? 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 (i.e. The Ground and its displays are not different / two, not identical / one, not both together, not one; so we say 'One' as an antidote to our usual position), but the understanding is different, and your attitude towards your life will be different according to the understanding you have.
That everything is included within your mind is the essence of mind. To experience this is to have religious feeling. Even though waves arise, the essence of your mind is pure; it is just like clear water with a few waves.
𝗔𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 (𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗮𝗻) 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘃𝗲𝘀 (i.e. The Big Mind always has thoughts ...) .
Waves are the practice of the water (ocean).
To speak of waves apart from water (ocean)
or water (ocean) apart from waves is a delusion.
Water and waves are one.
Big mind and small mind are one.
(i.e. Union waves <==> ocean; Union rays <==> sun;
Union appearances <==> emptiness;
Union conceptual dualistic mind <==> primordial awareness;
Union displays / manifestations / appearances <==> ground.)
(Note: "<==>" means one implies the other; that the apparent opposite(s) are more like inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolging, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony, equal / non-dual / one -- in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not existent, not non-existent, not both together, not neither; etc. --; and it means that because they are co-dependent (1st truth) <==> then they are empty of inherent existence (2nd truth). One aspect / truth implies the other.)
When you understand your mind in this way, you have some security in your feeling. As your mind does not expect anything from outside, it is always filled.
𝗔 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗮𝘃𝗲𝘀 (𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨, 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨, 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙨, 𝙙𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 ...) 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗯𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻𝗲.
Whatever you experience is an expression of big mind.
(i.e. Union Ground <==> displays. All appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; external, internal, between the two) are inseparable spontaneous natural manifestations / displays of the Ground / primordial awareness / Buddha-nature / Genuine Emptiness / Reality / Union of the Two Truths).
The activity of big mind is to amplify itself through various experiences. In one sense our experiences coming one by one are always fresh and new, but in another sense they are nothing but a continuous or repeated unfolding of the one big mind. For instance, if you have something good for breakfast, you will say, "This is good." "Good" is supplied as something experienced some time long ago, even though you may not remember when.
With big mind we 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝗳 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗺𝗶𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻. (beyond all dualities like good vs. bad, pure vs. impure ...)
For us there is no fear of losing this mind. There is nowhere to come or to go; there is no fear of death, no suffering from old age or sickness. Because we enjoy all aspects of life as an unfolding of big mind, we do not care for any excessive joy. So we have imperturbable composure, and it is with this imperturbable composure of big mind that we practice zazen.
-- Shunryu Suzuki
Welcoming any experience without judgement ~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Let yourself become that space
that welcomes any experience without judgement.
– Tsoknyi Rinpoche
from the book "Open Heart, Open Mind: Awakening the Power of Essence Love"
(i.e. All experiences are spontaneous natural manifestations / displays of our true nature, of the Ground -- not good / pure, not bad / impure ... --. They are our true nature, the Ground.)
Still water reflecting reality ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Breathing in, I see myself as still water. (i.e. calming the mind)
Breathing out, I reflect things as they are.
(i.e. observing with equanimity: not accepting not rejecting; just directly learning the true nature & dynamic of the objects / appearances, of the subject / observer / mind, and of the relations / actions.)
– Thich Nhat Hanh
from the book "Under the Rose Apple Tree"
The alternation of thoughts ~ Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje
The alternation of thoughts
Of happiness and suffering, desire and aversion,
Is nothing more than the play
Of luminous emptiness and mind.
Without altering whatever arises,
Look at its nature,
And you will perceive it as great bliss.
– Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje
quoted in the book "On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters"
(i.e. Inseparability / Union Ground <==> displays / appearances.
Ground = Luminous emptiness = Union of the Two Truths.
Its displays = whatever appear (physical, conceptual, mental; inside, outside, between the two.)
[01. The Madhyamaka Machine about all dharmas: Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas [U2T].]
[02. If we put apparent opposites like ‘opposite-1, opposite-2 ...’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of opposites [Uopp] // the Union of the Two Truths about opposites in general [U2T-opp].]
[03. If we put apparent opposites like ‘the three spheres -- ex. subject / mind, relation / action / awareness, object / phenomena --’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of the three spheres [U3S] // the Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres [U2T-3S].]
[04. If we put apparent opposites like ‘the two truths -- dependent origination / relative functionality and emptiness of inherent existence --’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths themselves [U2T-2T].]