The womb of the Buddhas ~ Milarepa
[Comments on:] The womb of the buddhas ~ Milarepa
Behold and search your unborn mind;
Seek not for satisfaction in samsara.
I attain all my knowledge through observing the mind within.
Thus all my thoughts become the teachings of dharma,
And apparent phenomena are all the books one needs.
Seeing the innate face of the self-mind is supreme,
How can common meditation match it?
He who realizes the nature of his own mind knows
That the mind itself is wisdom-awareness,
And no longer makes the mistake of searching for Buddha from other sources.
In fact, Buddha cannot be found by searching,
So contemplate your own mind.
This is the highest teaching one can practice;
This very mind is the tathagatagarbha, buddha nature, the womb of the buddhas.
quoted in the book "Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of Saint Benedict"
Comments: 💖 If "in fact, Buddha cannot be found by searching" (as mentioned above),
then "the tathagatagarbha, buddha nature, the womb of the buddhas" cannot be found by searching,
so "seeing the innate face of the self-mind" is also impossible,
so "behold and search your unborn mind" is impossible.
Emptiness means 'cannot be found / grasped';
if you find an 'emptiness', or an 'awareness', or a 'stillness', or a Ground / Basis without any display ... your are missing the point, and grasping at a subtle illusion.
It seems like the only thing that can be found is the fact that everything is empty of inherent existence exactly because co-dependent (the inconceivable inseparability / interdependence / harmony / Union of the Two Truths). That is the only thing that is seemingly self-arisen, unproduced, unfabricated, unconditioned, unchanging, timeless, spaceless, limitless -- in the non-dual sense of those terms. It is also called the Ground, with its three inseparable qualities. (see Rigpawiki for the 'Ground')
So this text makes sense only if what we are searching for, the ground / basis / womb of all buddhas, and of everything in both samsara & nirvana, is precisely this inconceivable Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle. It is the true nature & dynamic of everything in both samsara & nirvana. No exception at all. Even the Two Truths are like a Union of being empty because co-dependent. Nothing left to grasp as the 'absolute' being, thing, mind or principle.
Note: Finding nothing, a big cosmic Nothingness, is also missing the point. That is the Middle Way free from all extremes & middle.
Photo: The Ground, womb of all Buddhas, of all spontaneous displays / manifestations / appearances in both samsara & nirvana.
In a state of emptiness, whirl the spear of pure awareness;
People of Tingri, the view is free of being caught by anything at all.
-- Padampa Sangye
translation by Padmakara Translation Group
from the book "The Hundred Verses of Advice: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most"
So, we cannot 'seek & find it'; we can only tell what we cannot seek & find; thus staying away from all extremes & middle; thus leaving enough room for a spontaneous direct realisation of the inconceivable Union of the Two Truths about everything, the Ground and its inseparable displays.
[Our true nature: U2T / U3S / Uopp]
"Whenever clouds gather, the nature of the sky is not corrupted, and when they disperse, it is not ameliorated. The sky does not become less or more vast. It does not change.
It is the same with the nature of mind (i.e. with the Ground, with the true nature & dynamic of Reality as it is here & now: the Union of the Two Truths) :
it is not spoiled by the arrival of thoughts (i.e. of its inseparable spontaneous displays / manifestations / appearances / functions);
nor improved by their disappearance.
[T2:] The nature of the mind is emptiness
(i.e. 2nd truth -- emptiness of inherent existence);
[T1:] its expression is clarity.
(i.e. 1st truth: conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances / manifestations / displays)
[U2T:] These two aspects are essentially one's simple images designed to indicate the diverse modalities of the mind.
(i.e. This is called the inconceivable Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle, free from all conceptual proliferations, free from all conditioning / karma. Meaning one truth implies the other (<==>). The two truth are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony, equal / non-dual / one in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not different, not identical, not both together, not neither.)
[The apparent duality T1 vs. T2:] It would be useless to attach oneself in turn to the notion of emptiness [T2], and then to that of clarity [T1], as if they were independent [separate] entities.
[An inconceivable Union of the Two Truths: ] The ultimate nature of mind [U2T] is beyond all concepts, all definition [U3S] and all fragmentation [Uopp]."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - On Buddha Nature