Abiding in the blinding darkness of ignorance is not easy. If anything, countless sentients, suffering on a daily basis no matter their status in a grinding maze of discontentment can attest to this fact. If not in their best hour, at least in their worst.
The only cure to this malady is the deathless body and imageless reality of the Unborn Mind.
In order to abide in the Unborn Mind, your true nature, YOU HAVE TO FIND IT [recollect] first.
That of course through the penetration or leap THROUGH THE differentiated VEIL and consciousness field OF THE ILLUSORY interference and MATRIX , you presently perceive as arising and cessating phenomena; all to which you hold a bond to, on various levels of spiritual investment as to make them seem real.
Let me put it this way. In the various realities and forms or sounds of these seeming phenomena, there is no Unborn Mind – Beyond this Unborn Mind, there are no phenomena.
So if this is true, how do you go about finding the Unborn Mind with your worldly monkey mind?
This is what Zen Masters meant with the pointing finger at the expression “passing through the Gateless gate of Zen”. If reading this expression doesnt help you see the solution, then speak it! Sometimes the ear-consciousness has a way of easier kindling enlightenment than the eye-consciousness.
These phenomena, that are nothing more than a spatial emergence, brought to apparent life through the illusion of temporality are nothing more than a heap of multisensory images, or frames, rapidly, on the behest of your impure Spirit (divided will) being poured upon each other in the infinitely creative and dynamic essence of the Unborn Mind. All viewed with a consciousness that carries the ability [function] to differentiate them, perceive them separately in their appearing and cessating wave-patterns as something before, present and that which becomes most probable after.
What does this really mean for you? Yes, you. The One reading these lines, not realizing the true nature of the One whom effortlessly translates these renditions of patterns seen as words, concepts and symbols, formed into something like an artificial proxy of wisdom, supposed to carry meaning and understanding, though these patterns are empty of truth in themselves?
Know then, that presently you have, from originally a spiritual basis, demoted your self into a sentient being, and most sentients beings easily fail to comprehend how difficult this task of finding the Unborn Mind really is.
The prime cause to this is of course your ironclad investment in the confusing matrix of interdependent origination; Where any bond to a child, a parent, friend, country, thing or things, a profession, an ideation, or thought, a notion, emotion or memory and so on, are merely static repetitions and regenerations of past bonds to past illusory phenomena of equal or similar value. As such, played out in a divided consciousness, which due to its owners self-amnesia and dream state, is experiencing incalculable states seen as birth, death and the continuous rebooting of a seemingly other self, transmigrating through oceans of past illusory self-permutations.
The true Buddha is not, has never been, and will never be – born.
If you have difficulty understanding this phrase, look into it again and again, until your realize its implication.
The awakened mind though, that in a certain absolute reality (unlike its created false realities that finds space and time in it) vibrating with the immense light fully attesting to having completely recalled its inherent noble wisdom, possesses the ability to govern an illusion seen as a body of various worldly qualities where a Buddha of thw world is the most expedient of them.
This Buddha is not in the form, nor in the voice, but in the most vivid light illuminating the all, including its worldly representation. Whya cant you see this light? Sense its healing and enlightening reality before the prescen of illusions upon that screen of an evil body-consciousness?
One whose mind dwells in a body-consciousness subject to such seemingly good or dire conditions is never free, nor a Buddha.
This karmic inability to FIND THE UNBORN MIND in a blink of an eye, means you have a gargantuan task before yourself.
Unable to see the originally unified body IN YOUR OWN-BEING [Atman/true Soul]-SPIRIT-MIND as One Pure Essence and truth body, sentients instantly fall into Maras trap of perceiving the afore-mentioned luminous jewel as a kaleidoscopic plethora of many positions/phenomena.
This grave error of constantly creating distinctions or differentiations in a Mind discriminating on a parallel level of seven empty but powerful consciousness, between low, or high, motion and stillness, form or emptiness, between this or that, transforms the Eighth Consciousness , into a body of various corrupted qualities.
It locks your Spirit´s power of your Mind into an unceasing creative mode of painting, rendering an inward and seemingly outward Universe in an extremely dynamic Mind Essence, which holds a created consciousness-field, where you find yourself stumbling around trying to find a permanent meaning or purpose, when in fact the only meaninng is the limitless virtue of your own complete awakening from this series of endless dreaming about anything and everything you are not.
Immersed in such a false and dialectic reality (Samsara) this self-made illusion, enhanced through the spell-binding power of interdependent origination, inevitably becomes a source of great ignorance [amnesia].
It becomes like a bottomless abyss of various levels of suffering, all arised from the errors commited and accumulated in such a field.
Heaven or Hell, or something in between, holds the same spiritual value here – which is zero.
Thus, my only advice to the a beginner of the path, which in this first stage is known as Chan or Zen – is;
In order to fully realize and abide in the absolute reality of the Unborn Mind, your true nature, and the nirvana of noble wisdom it brings to any such bodhisattva, you have to find it first.
Look nowhere else, and on nothing else, but on this singular task which demands an effort and an energy ,or power, that is a spiritual light deeply inherent in yourself, and consequently, solved, found and realized in yourself, by the application of the same turning, what is found in proper dhyana upon itself, like the light, illuminating the night, once it is followed back to its original source, reveals the lamp.
But before you throw yourself, or merely approach this task carefully- just a small warning;
Be attentive, because on this shining path [that seems dark in the beginning] , a mighty foe stands in the way, which is your false self, in itself sunyata (empty of truth or light). Do not try to find a way around this foe, because there is none.
Why, you might ask? It simply knows all the tricks in the book of self-deception. Where you choose to invest yourself in division of what is originally undivided, this dark and fully inverted force is there waiting.
After all it is a consciousness you have invested so much time in through endless kalpas of self-ignorant desires that it has seemingly taken on a life and reality of its own. And believe me, this foe and impediment to realize your true self has a very, very strong desire to stay “alive”.
The best way, in my eyes, is found in the singular dhyana of Pi Kuan combined with a sound lifestyle, where extremes are avoided for the entire duration of the quest of finding the Unborn Mind.
When the opportunity arises and your consciousness for a split second lowers its guard and multisensory field of constant interaction between patterns of form and emptiness; You have to instantly and fearlessly dive right through it, and in this leap, of not holding on to one singel image seen and sensed as a thought, desire, memory, doubt or fear, you will most certainly find yourself standing face to face with the Unborn Mind — your true nature.
This Mind is a marvel of luminosity because IT IS an infintely dynamic LIGHT of perfect compassion and wisdom. I could also call it miraculous radiance of no known beginning and no known end, because this RADIANCE contains all wisdom there is, in all ten directions. Beyond it there is nothing and within it there is everything. It is YOUR TRUE SELF.
From its suprapositional reality (dharmakaya), you will awake to the presence of your own luminous and deathless nature, within you holding the Mind that fits in no brain, and posessing a body that knows no walls, or hindrances, on its spiritual growth to Buddhahood.
To realize what this means, you have to first sense it before the interference of phenomena in your mind, as their pure source of formation and cessation, then once this is clear as the taste of water to you, enter into its radiance of said source, as to acquaint yourself with its nature (also known as the practise of the six paramitas), and finally when all conditions are ripe for the Lotus to fully bloom, ACCEPT IT completely and without the slightest doubt FULLY IDENTIFY WITH IT- the last part also known as Buddhahood.