Zen Buddhism strives, to get you the fastest possible way, to the undivided light of the Unborn Mind. Your own true nature.
From there on, the true path of the ariyan Mind begins, and the light of Mahayana, shining with a brilliance that cannot be matched by any known phenomenon in this universe, dissolves the body consciousness of temporal spatiality as long as you bathe your Spirit in its imageless presence.
He or she whom never spent at least a full day and a full night in perfect dhyana, having the Mind observing purely itself as if it were a wall, can never pass through the gateless gate that leads to the amazing reality of Mahayana. And that is what the sole duty of Zen is all about. To take you through that gate and make you face the light of your own true nature.
The Lankavatara sutra describes this most auspicious and singular light as Mahayana-Prabhasa – the very destroyer of ignorance and true Dharma teacher – that is of course, once you are awakened by its most luminous and nirvanic presence. To this light nothing is impossible and nothing is beyond its reach. It is because you trust the world of your senses more than this light, you cannot see and thus suffer this spiritual short-coming resulting in so many failures, disappointments and self doubt. The master of this inverted act, the great liar and anti-spirit, is your own divided Spirit. Your Mind’s seat of pure will and direction is simply out of whack to coin a contemporary term.
Because it is divided, fragmented you perceive a a world of myriad phenomena seemingly coming into and going out of apparent existence. But existence or non-existence are illusions. Mere parlor tricks of Mara the evil one who controls your body consciousness and draws power from it because there is where your Spirit is most invested.
Sentient beings move their limbs incessantly and keep producing thoughts interminably.
Using them to paint a vast canvas with illusory concepts about all things between heaven and earth, and yet they do not know this light of their own true self that enables this most wondrous act effortlessly and instantaneously.
One cannot truly speak of Zen or even anything about Buddhism, if one does not know this light. Even a small glimpse of it, for a split second, is sufficient to have a right view of the path that leads to the other shore of Nirvana.
If one hasn’t had this glimpse or greater encounter with IT – then to speak about the dharma to others is an act of spiritual hypocrisy and bad karma. The intention might be deemed good but the consequences of offering erroneous views of the supreme and thus lure a sentient into a false path that leads to countless painful rebirths is an act of great evil and becomes its own judge, jury and executioner.
In such cases it is better to be mute as a clam and observe rather than speak without the slightest gnosis of the Unborn Mind.
If you believe a method, a technique or an experience can outshine your own Mind in its noble wisdom then at least try to remember this in the future:
The Lankavatara states; “The Dhyanas , the immeasurables, the formless, the Samadhis, and the complete extinction of thought —these do not exist where the Mind alone is.”
Think about it and then penetrate the empty kingdom of form, sensation and thought-consciousness and straight into the real super consciousness of your true nature and reality where you own Mind is purely as itself at all times in the permanent here and now and not the illusory here and now of the body consciousness.
You can do it. Whether walking that body, having it sitting or lying down doesn’t matter. It is what symbolic position of your Mind works best as to quiet down its influence on your Mind, while IT disembodies itself from the poisoning and defiling consciousness field the body consciousness constitutes.
How many more hints do you need to find faith and a pure will, undisturbed by inner or outer phenomena, to direct your own inner Spirit towards the core of your own true nature?
Do not expect me to help you. Instead you should try and you should tell me…what else beyond your own free Mind do you need to find your self?
If you ever awake to the reality of this question, then you truly are a great one, one whom can remain unconcerned the rest of his or her’s life, while freely, at will, riding the head of the Black Dragon.