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You have been locked-away in a dark closet since immeasurable time itself. All it takes is just a thin layer of Unborn light to prick a pinhole in the darkened fabric so that your being is instantly flooded with an effervescent wonderment. Time to come out of that cramped, if slovenly comfortable quarters, into the miracle that awaits you as the widened-whole of existence suddenly sparkles in the fresh air of illuminating freedom. Now miraculously you ARE the light, issuing-forth a crystalline touch that even the desolate stones appear as beautiful diamonds. If you remain as light, then all about you is for the taking. If you choose to go back again like a slithering-eel into the holed-corner of darkness, then the whole of existence will share in the anguish of that action of self-torture. It depends on you. read more

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What a Fool Believes

The Lanka places a great premium on the nature of perceptions—what a fool believes he sees or does not see, i.e., existence or non-existence. It also reinforces again and again that the Tathagatas are free from all these discriminations, even going beyond the attempt to render their very “existence” and accompanying afflictions as somehow being nonexistent, their “teaching does not [even] recognize the [very] existence of afflictions much less their annihilation. To Hui-k’o, bodhidharma said, “Show me this mind of yours, and I will calm it for you.” (Red Pine, pg.176) The Noble truth of self-realization is totally beyond all dualistic categories. It’s all about an “inner-perception”, or “undivided” awareness: “the way of attainment refers to the distinctive characteristics of personal realization that transcend the projections of speech and words, that lead to the passionless realm and the stages marked by self-awareness, that are free from erroneous speculations, that overcome the maras of other paths, and that shine forth from inner awareness.” (Red Pine, pg.179) As seen through the lens of UnbornMind Zen, this is the route wherein Mind reclaims (Recollects) the Nirvanic Element of Its True Nature. read more

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