Destroying Self-Grasping (Thubten Chodron)

Posted in buddhism on July 17, 2011 by ewakening

Realizing something is empty doesn’t mean we destroy something about that object and create emptiness in its place. Rather, emptiness is the lack of something that never existed to start with. When we meditate on emptiness, we don’t destroy inherent existence, because that never existed. We’re destroying the concept that grasps at inherent existence, what we call self-grasping ignorance.

— Thubten Chodron, from Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig

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Union of Appearance and Emptiness (Anyen)

Posted in buddhism, enlightenment, gurus, Uncategorized on July 10, 2011 by ewakening

If we do not take the truths in union, but associate ultimate reality with wisdom and conventional reality with delusion, the inseparable view will be divided. If we separate the nature of appearance and emptiness, we have strayed far from realization of the nature of mind.

— Anyen Rinpoche, from The Union of Dzogchen and Bodhicitta

Flavor of Nonexistence (Milarepa)

Posted in buddhism, enlightenment, gurus on July 3, 2011 by ewakening

Because there is no difference between Static and Active Meditation, I have no need for the different stages in the Path. Whatever they may manifest, their essence is Voidness; there is neither mindfulness nor nonmindfulness in my contemplation. I have tasted the flavor of Non-existence; compared to other teachings, this is the highest.

— Milarepa

Nobody’s World (Trungpa)

Posted in buddhism, gurus on July 3, 2011 by ewakening

In relating with the world, there are some very tough questions. What is the world? Whose world is it? What does relating mean? The basic point is that this is nobody’s world, since there is nobody as such. The energy constantly taking place does not belong to anybody but is a natural organic process.

— Chogyam Trungpa, from True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art.

Meditate Not to Meditate (Milarepa)

Posted in buddhism, gurus on June 26, 2011 by ewakening

Moreover, to meditate is an illusory thought;
Not to meditate is illusory, too.
It is the same whether or not you meditate.

— Milarepa

The Middle Way (Aryadeva)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2011 by ewakening

Not existence and not nonexistence
Not these two conjoined nor the opposite of this
Freed from four extremes, the truly wise
Are those who keep within the middle way.

— Aryadeva

Phenomena Unarising (Nagarjuna)

Posted in buddhism, enlightenment on June 19, 2011 by ewakening

Neither from themselves, nor from another cause,
Not from both, nor yet without a cause –
Phenomena indeed of any kind
Are never born

— Nagarjuna, from the Mulamadhyamaka-karika