Before there was Mohammad, Jesus, Buddha or even Lao Tsu there was Confucius. What most of us in the West know about
Confucius is written in little blurbs inside of fortune cookies at suburban American Chinese restaurants but yet most
people really haven’t studied his teachings or know what an amazing impact he had on Asian civilization. Born on
China’s east coast in Shandong, Province he visited many of the ancient kingdoms of China teaching the emperors how
to govern their countries in harmony with heaven and earth so that the emperor would keep the mandate of heaven and
peace would reign on earth. Confucius wrote the Book of Rites, which is still a cornerstone of Asian governments in
China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Many other Asian nations have been influenced by his teachings and though he lived
over two thousand five hundred years ago he teachings are as pertinent today as they were in ancient times. Lets take
a look for ourselves and see if in fact it might be relevant to our own society here in the West using the forty
third chapter of the Book of Rites.
The Great Study
The Way of the Great Study is to make bright virtue even brighter, to care for the people and arrive at the highest
good. Those that realize this are stable. Only those that are stable can be in peace. Only those that are in peace
can be secure. Only those that are secure can have vision. Only those with vision can obtain the Way. All things
are impermanent and all affairs must come to an end. Those that know the beginning and ending are close to the Way.
The ancients who wished to make bright virtue even brighter under the heavens must first be in control of their
countries. Those that want their country under control must keep their house in order. Those that want to keep their
house in order must first cultivate their bodies. Those who want to cultivate their bodies must first discipline
their minds. Those that want to straighten their minds must first make their thought sincere. Those that want to
make their thoughts sincere must arrive at this understanding. To arrive at this understanding the nature of phenomena
must be investigated. Only after through investigation can one reach realization. Only after one is realized can
they be sincere. Only after one is sincere can their minds be disciplined. Only after their minds have been
disciplined can they cultivate their body. Only after their body has been cultivated can their homes be in order.
Only after their homes are in order can they control their country. Only after their countries are in control will
there be peace under the heavens.
These principles are a guiding light for all people who are in a position of leadership. If in fact if we all
practiced more physical cultivation such as yoga, tai chi, qigong and meditation then our bodies will be healthier
and our minds will be clearer. Then when we make decisions that affect our families, friends and societies great
virtue will abound and heaven will descend upon the earth alleviating the pain and suffering of the world.
Confucius say, ”cultivate, meditate and harmonize heaven and earth”!!!
All sentient beings experience enlightenment at least two times a day. Once right after falling asleep and once
right before waking up in the morning. However, sentient beings who fail to recognize the natural state of their
minds during the exchange of night and day continually take rebirth in the six realms of suffering. During the
day our minds experience a constant stream of delusional thoughts that produce all of our life’s experiences.
Suffering from the exhaustion of our hyperactive minds we get tired and fall asleep. As we fall asleep our
cognitive mind turns off for a few moments the natural radiance of our enlightened mind appears. This enlightened
space of mind is the ground primordial luminosity of all apparent phenomena. However, due to the lack of a
disciplined mind the qi energy that resides in our jingluo channels begins to stir again creating the samsaric
dreamscape of our night mind. Our night minds are as active as our day minds and after getting exhausted from
that experience we fall asleep, or fall awake once again and the natural radiance of our mind’s true nature
appears for just a few moments before getting up in the morning. These are the two times of day that everybody
definitely experiences enlightenment but very few people know how to recognize it. To take advantage of this
door to enlightenment there are many techniques in the esoteric schools to invoke and realize this enlightened
potential. One of them is acupuncture enlightenment.
Our mind is the source of all things. We can surgically remove our arms, legs, organs and head but how can we
surgically remove our mind? Where does this mind of ours exist? If this mind of ours is the source of all our
life’s experience how can we get to the root of it to liberate our pain and suffering? Our cognitive mind is
actually the qi energy coursing all of our channels and organs, which project the illusions of our life’s
experiences. Because the conditions of everybody’s channels and organs are different we all experience life
differently. Imbalances in the channels and organs create physical and mental illness so the wisdom masters of
ancient times gave us the celestial gift of acupuncture to harmonize the body and mind so that enlightenment
and liberation can be obtained. When acupuncture needles are strategically placed in our nervous system any
excess or deficiencies in the energy flow of our channels or organ systems are harmonized and the mind returns
to its original nature free from all contrived imbalances and delusions. That’s why most people not only feel
healthy after receiving proper acupuncture treatment they also feel emotionally balanced and blissful. The proper
application of acupuncture can produce sublime mental and spiritual qualities so that the state of both non-thought
and the illusory nature of thoughts can be recognized bringing about the realization of enlightenment. This is
the true purpose of acupuncture. After every acupuncture session a patient should reflect on the great silence
of their experience and bring that into their daily meditation.
Stress is the nature of samsara. Relaxation is the nature of nirvana. All of the wisdom traditions have taught
us to relax so that meditation can become possible and through the process of meditation the nature of mind can
be realized. When acupuncture is administered during the daytime it brings us into a deep state of meditative
relaxation similar to the exchange of sleeping and waking. Because it occurs at an odd time in our experience
of day mind we can easily reflect upon its sublime meditative effect and try to maintain that experience for
as long as possible. Under acupuncture sedation the state of non-thought occurs bringing our minds to the level
of an Arhat’s realization. Maintaining that meditative equipoise throughout the day so that we remain neutral
to the arising phenomena of life’s experience is the level or the Bodhisattva’s realization. Dissolving the
body into mind and mind into the primordial space of acupuncture sedation is the level of a Buddha’s realization.
Through the course of one’s life there are many doors to enlightenment that open up naturally to sentient
beings but again most of us fail to recognize them. Just like the process of sleeping, waking and acupuncture
sedation the process of death opens another door to the possibility of enlightenment and liberation from wheel
of birth and death in which acupuncture can play a key role in its application. Through practice of the
transference of consciousness teachings practitioners can open the tianmen point at the top of their head.
When it has been opened the great acupuncture kusha reed is inserted into the pustule conferring the blessings
of transference. This is the practice of the transcendent ones that all sublime acupuncture practitioners
should aspire too. On the basic level acupuncture is a temporary source of pain management but on the sublime
level it is a catalyst for escaping the wheel of birth and death so that their patients no longer have to take
reincarnation into the six realms of suffering ever again.
Invoking the great silence of acupuncture sedation the nature of mind is revealed!!!
Entering The Path Of Pure Light TCM
Since beginningless time the deluded fixations of my alaya consciousness have driven me from one rebirth
to another coursing the six realms of suffering like a drunken sailor lost at sea. Due to the winds of
karma I entered this world system in the metal ox year of the western continent in NYC. Growing up in
classical American dysfunction I was beaten up many times and out of fear dove into the martial arts
for refuge. Excelling in the arts the beaten became the beater and fighting became a way of venting
frustrations, engendering endorphins and maybe even fulfilling a death wish. For my generation Kung
Fu Theater was a window to a different world where the mastery of the Chinese martial arts led to a
transcendent level of human existence. So in 84’ after ten years of chop suey kungfu I decided to go
to the Mecca of martial arts the Shaolin Temple in China. Landing in Hong Kong I made enquires of
Shaolin but they all said it was just a myth or if there was one it was destroyed during the Cultural
Revolution but no matter what don’t go to Mainland China. Of course that meant that’s exactly where
I had to go. After working and studying in South East Asia for two years I finally found out Shaolin
was near Zhengzhou in North China and decided to breakthrough the bamboo curtain and go see for myself.
In 86’ there were no roads to Shaolin. I took an exhaustive three-day train ride just to get to the
nearest town. Sleeping on the floor of the train in a pile of human debris, garbage, spittle,
cigarette butts, live chickens and machine parts my reality was changing fast and I became deathly
sick by the time I got there. After recovering I found a local bus that took me to Shaolin and
after an all day kidney busting adventure though the countryside that was worse than the train I
finally made it to the glorious Shaolin Temple. Ah, my dreams have come true. It didn’t look the
same as it did in the movies but it really did exist. They were busy cleaning up after the Cultural
Revolution and obviously had plenty of work left to do. When I told the monks my intentions of
staying they simply said, “no foreigners allowed”. Disheartened I traveled to Beijing and after
two weeks of convalescence decided to go back to Shaolin and try again. After all, that was the
focal point of my entire journey, my life’s goal. I thought that if they saw me again they would
see that I was serious and definitely take me in. After another grueling journey back to Shaolin
they simply said, “no foreigners allowed”. I left cursing saying I never wanted to go back to this
god-forsaken country again and went back to the city to find a ticket back to reality.
When I got there I was sick again and checked into the Minorities Hotel to recoup and try and
find a way back to Hong Kong. As it turned out the hotel I crawled into happened to have a national
class on Emei Sudden Enlightenment Qigong Therapy sponsored by the government. There were three hundred
and sixty students who were TCM doctors, western Chinese doctors, martial artists and scientists from
all over China. There were also over a thousand patients in the clinic that came to get treatment.
None of them had actually seen a foreigner before and excitedly brought me into their fold to teach
me their system of health, healing and enlightenment.
As fate would have it I went back to Shaolin with my teacher and some government officials. Not
only did I get in the temple I got to see the abbot Dechan. The abbot was considered a living
national treasure, a Zen master of the old world. He was off limits to even most monks and since
he was almost ninety, bed ridden and paralyzed he was getting ready to transcend his consciousness
into the Dharmakaya. When my teacher began to treat him a white light filled the room. After about
twenty minutes the abbot got up, crossed his legs in the meditation posture and after some kind
words and praises grabbed my hand. As he told me my past, present and future I totally succumbed
to the transmission of the white light. In that light all of my American dysfunctions drained
out of my eyes into tears of compassion, bodhicitta. Through this transmission I saw the ground
primordial luminosity that all apparent phenomenon rises from and it’s nature is pure light,
bliss and love. Without elaborating any further the hatred and defiled emotions I had been
expressing for years through the martial arts was immediately transformed into love and the desire
only to heal, enlighten and liberate people from their delusion of suffering. Before I left the
venerable abbot said that like the monk Tangseng my destiny was to bring this knowledge back to my people.
The next day I received another transmission. As I was holding a qigong posture I felt a hot
fire pour into my left hand and as it hit my heart center it burst throughout my entire body
filling the entirety of space. Since it came from my left I looked in that direction and saw
my teacher about thirty feet away transmitting pure light from his hand into mine. This transmission
opened my vision even more and I could see and feel “qi” energy multi-dimensionally. Qi was no
longer just a concept it was a reality. After talking about qi my whole life I finally knew what
it really was. Then I went on to learn the rest of the system that included meditation, prayers,
incantations, qigong exercises, energy transmission, acupointing, acupuncture, massage,
chiropractics, fengshui, astrology and herbology in one integrated system that had been
passed down for a thousand years. Extremely tight and precise it treats all diseases at the
gross, subtle and sublime levels of manifestation liberating suffering from its very root.
This was my trans-interpersonal entry into the essence of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
All of the wisdom traditions since ancient times have depended on the transmission of sublime
knowledge from master to disciple. This trans-interpersonal relationship is called Zen. Zen
is an ancient logograph that manifested from the space of dharmakaya into the minds of wisdom
beings to convey the transmission of enlightenment for people studying the Way. The right side
radical means a transcendent spiritual master. The top radicals are two gates representing the
non-dual transmission of wisdom mind from the mouth gate of the master to the ear gate of the
disciple. The main body of the logograph represents the totality of arising phenomenon, the
empty nest of being. On the outer level Zen means a form of samadhi meditation that brings the
mind to realization from the physical, energetic, emotional, and mental state to the pristine
awareness of true spirit. On the inner level it is none other than the transmission of intrinsic
awareness from master to disciple. On the secret level it is the quantum radiation of pure light
equanimity that contains all of time and space, the Dao or Buddha Mind. The true nature of all
sentient beings is this clear light presence that radiates into the five wisdom energies of cosmic
display to create the phenomenal world as we experience it.
Pure Light TCM On The Road
For practitioners of pure light medicine their consciousness is their clinic. Realizing that all
of creation is solely a product of their own mind they treat all of mind’s arising phenomena
equally as patients to be treated, transformed and liberated. From an insect on a single blade
of grass to the highest wisdom of Samantabhadra all is brought onto the path of great liberation.
In China there is a famous TCM saying, “the more you ask the less you know, the more you do, the
less you can do”. In the diagnostic system of pure light medicine practitioners view the energy
field of patients perceiving disease directly and spontaneously know the diagnosis. The first
level of energy diagnosis is to see the outer energy field. The second level of diagnosis is to
see the three-dimensional energy filed. The third level of diagnosis is to see the holographic
energy field. To take the pulse, look at the tongue, and ask the ten questions means the doctor
doesn’t know and has to rely a medium to find out. There are many mediums used to diagnose disease
such as astrology, the eight primordial characters, geomancy, numerology, palm reading, face reading,
body reading, candles, tea leaves, crystals, mos, luopans, palpitation, X-rays MRIs, blood tests and
so on but all of these methods still depend on a medium to gather information about a patient.
Spontaneous knowing is the result of being able to perceive disease directly. For practitioners
of pure light medicine this is their reality, this is their enlightenment. All things are
intrinsically light. Every molecule is a complete solar system. Every proton is a sun and every
electron a moon. Every breath is the cosmic winds of divine expression and every thought is the
karmic winds of mind’s reflection. To swim in the light is to know reality. To know reality is to
Practitioners of pure light medicine know there is no difference between subtle and gross. Mind
is body and body is mind. That’s why TCM practitioners treat mental illness through physical
manipulation and physical illness through psychological manipulation. However, achieving temporal
harmony is not liberation. When the causes and conditions of relative harmony become extinguished
suffering will re-arise like a weed growing in the spring sunshine. On the China street they say
western medicine only treats the symptoms while creating even more disease. In TCM they say that
Modern Chinese Medicine only treats the syndromes becoming disease managers instead of disease
liberators. For practitioners of TCM enlightenment and liberation is the only way to cure the
myriad diseases from its very root so that suffering is never experienced again. Modern Chinese
Medicine is the academic study of the realization of TCM masters while TCM is the realization
of their master’s wisdom. Remaining in permanent unchanging, unconditioned bliss the clarity of
the dissolution of time and space is the boundless merit of TCM. It is inconceivable because it
is beyond intellectual conception. It is boundless because it has no center and it has no
circumference. Only through the realization of this primordial truth can practitioners of
Traditional Chinese Medicine really treat anybody for anything. If a doctor doesn’t bring
his patient to enlightenment and liberation from the wheel of birth and death then they haven’t
accomplished anything at all and any success they’ve had will be temporary at best.
Pure Light TCM In The Clinic
Many places in China are built on celestial alignment using the sciences of geomancy and astrology.
That’s why Beijing is one of the most ancient and powerful cities in the world. It has amazing
fengshui. Many traditional TCM clinics also use fengshui so that their facilities are conducive
to spontaneous healing. Only when the five elements of the black bear, green dragon, white tiger,
red phoenix and green turtle come together in proper proportion can they create the natural mandala
of presence, which is the real foundation of a proper healing clinic. Inviting the local spirits
to a feast they are dispersed and the construction can begin without incidence. Once it has been
built host deities are invited to protect and serve in the new facility. With the treatment tables
placed in their tonifying and sedating positions the imbalances of yin and yang effortlessly
harmonize and spontaneous healing begins. Then through gross, subtle and sublime manipulations
be it chiropractic, herbal, acupuncture, energy transmission, mantra or prayer practitioners of
pure light medicine unite yin and yang, heaven-earth-mankind, the four appearances, five element,
six gatherings, seven stars, eight trigrams, and nine palaces bringing the sixty four qualities of
the patients DNA and RNA into primordial harmony, so that enlightenment and liberation can be achieved.
When patients enter the mandala of divine containment the presence automatically opens their
hearts and channels to the process of intervention so that transformation can become possible.
Intervention is much easier when the fertile ground of ultimate compassion is expressed in the
containment process. Then through purification and transformation of the gross and subtle elements
transference is attained and the habitual tendencies of ego grasping, dualistic fixation and
discursive thinking are liberated into the vastness of space, the patient’s own true nature.
True processing arises only as the empty awareness of non-attachment. If processing is not expressed
through empty awareness it only become the demon that reinforces their disease. If a patient has
been diagnosed and then labeled, their disease only becomes solidified with even less hope of
transformation. That’s why practitioners of pure light medicine do not see people as sick. They
see people as divine. Since divinity is the true nature of all sentient beings it is the duty of
practitioners to reintroduce patients to their own divine nature so that they can transcend their
labels and imprisonment to reach final liberation. There is an ancient Chinese saying,” mortals are
fixated with existence, Arhats are fixated with non-existence but the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are
neither fixated with existence nor non-existence”. The transformation of suffering into the divine
bliss like clarity of mind’s true nature is maintained through the empty awareness of non-attachment
for both patients and doctors. This is the path of liberation. Processing in any other way only
creates iatrogenic samsara.
Some Pure Light TCM Case Studies
Mr. Li’s daughter got sick and he took her to all of the best doctors he could find in NYC. They
all gave her a cocktail of meds but nothing seemed to help. She suffered from hysteria, extreme
heat, profuse sweating, and eventually became so ill that she no longer looked like herself. Her
father thought she was going to die soon. When Mr. Li called Master he knew immediately what the
problem was and would have to spend the night at their house. Setting up a good space for containment
master chanted all through the night so that intervention could take place at the appropriate time.
In the wee hours of the morning a flash of light awakened Mr. Li and he jumped up to see a girl
wearing an evening gown walking past his bedroom. He was startled but just remained in the bed.
In the morning master told him everything was fine and to take him back to the temple. Transference
was complete. When he got home his daughter’s fever broke and she was back to normal. Surprised at
the event Mr. Li decided to call the last owners of the house to see if anything strange ever
happened to them. They told Mr. Li that their daughter had committed suicide and it just happened
to be in the same room that Mr. Li’s daughter was living in. Master was famous for his skill in
exorcism and transferring the consciousness of the dying to Sukavati, the Buddhafield of Amitabha.
Through the power of skilled masters or the faith of good practitioners ejected consciousness’s
can transcend the six realms of samsara and make it to Sukavati even with residual karma. Taking
rebirth in Sukavati the conditions are so perfect that complete liberation will be obtained very
Toxic, depressed and insecure Ruth came to the center weighing eighty pounds and feasted on a
cocktail of meds that no longer gave her any mental security. She suffered from kidney deficient
lower back pain, extreme heat, insomnia and severe depression. She slept with her windows wide
open in the middle of winter, which created problems with her husband. Though she was married she
was in love with someone else that had already died. Regardless of her physical debilitation her
main complaint remained that she couldn’t be with her one true love. In her containment I let her
know that even though the doctors labeled her as crazy I thought she was perfectly sane and that
set the stage for intervention. I adjusted her spine and gave her herbal medicine, which fixed her
lower back pain. I applied a tourniquet and bled her jing well points, which relieved her toxic
heat, insomnia and some depression. She dropped most of her meds but her eating disorder and
depression had still waxed and waned. She was not a hundred percent yet. Finally it dawned on
me that she wasn’t only suffering from necrophilia, she was suffering from possession. His spirit
was inside her and was living off of her flesh and bones and that’s why she was so emaciated and
toxically hot, classic symptoms of possession. It doesn’t matter whether her problems were
psychological or physiological the root and the symptoms remained the same. I performed several
transference of consciousness ceremonies but nothing had a lasting effect. So, I invited her to
see one of my masters in Beijing. He was a Wudang Daoist breatharian and was famous for liberating
hungry ghosts. He instantly saw that he was inside her and performed a Daoist exorcism. After she
ate the burnt talisman paper the boyfriend’s consciousness was liberated. After she was transformed
she processed with the cultivation of Wudang qigong and went on to live a happy life with her new
Mr. Park had been paralyzed in a wheelchair for seven years. He never got out of the chair except
to go to sleep. After making home visits twice a week for a month he was able to stand up and take
a few steps. After another month or so he was able to walk around the kitchen holding onto the
counter. By the end of the winter he was able to walk for a considerable amount of time and distance
and was close to a full recovery. Though I was open to engendering the containment process and
increasing the amount of treatments so that he could get better results there always seemed to
be an obstacle. Though he was extremely wealthy and was able to walk for the first time in seven
years he became less committed to the process and his wife even became hostile. I could never
build up a fully endowed field of containment. After a considerable amount of treatment he was
becoming independent again but before he achieved a full recovery he started missing appointments.
Then when his wife wanted to lower the cost of treatments, which was already very reasonable,
I realized that they didn’t really want to cure his disability.
In the spring they decided to go to their summer estate so they couldn’t continue with treatment.
By the end of the summer I heard that he was back in his wheelchair again and never attempted to
get out of it again. In processing the lack of transference the only thing I could think of is
that some people get more benefit out of being sick that healthy. This is the type of habitual
pattern is the root of samsara and escaping the wheel of birth and death becomes impossible.
Mr. Sweet had a bad attack of rheumatoid arthritis for five years that ate much of his hipbone.
His hip and back was paralyzed, his blood was very toxic, kidneys were depleated liver qi stagnated,
had depression, a sleeping disorder and eye boils. His doctors kept him on high doses of
mothotrexate, and pain killers and wanted to give him a hip replacement. I gave him daily treatments,
which provided the spaces for containment, and after a month he gained full rotation of his hip.
With very positive results we cut the treatments down to twice a week and after a couple of months
he gave up all of his medications. He began qigong exercises and increased his outdoor activities.
His spirits were high and had faith in a possible full recovery. His doctors said his recovery was
a miracle and canceled the hip replacement surgery but when Mr. Sugar tried to describe what his
TCM treatment was like the doctors didn’t want to hear about it. He and his entire family decided
to go on our Emei Mountain qigong therapy study tour to China and because of his weak leg he was
always the last one up the hill. After a few days climb we made it to the top of the Mountain and
latter on that afternoon he showed up walking perfectly normal without a limp for the first time
in his adult life. Everybody was in shock and Mr. Sugar replied that a little boy kept jumping out
of the woods and hitting him on his bad hip. He didn’t know where the little boy came from and why
he kept on hitting him on his hip. While Mr. Sugar was perplexed we all realized right away that
it was an intervention by the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra who inhabited the holy mountain. He was
famous for manifesting in different forms and many of our participants through the years have
come in contact with this Bodhisattva of great compassion.
Ted was an eighty-year-old man with neck paralysis who was prejudice against anything Chinese.
After all other therapies had failed he gave into trying acupuncture. After one session of
bilateral acupuncture in the houxi points with qi transmission he instantly gained full mobility.
That positive results created a field of containment that lasted the rest of his life. One day I
received a call that he was in the hospital. At eighty-six his heart was weak. Surrounded by
antagonistic nurses and doctors made it a little difficult to set up a good field of containment.
So, I invoked the unity of emptiness and compassion and got to work anyway. Pushing beyond the
glaring doctors and nurses I intervened with two treatments of qigong acupuncture, qigong energy
transmission and qigong therapy for two days. He had a full recovery and was released from the
hospital. After that his faith in TCM became unwavering. One night I received a call from his
housekeeper that he had died. She called me first so that I could perform the last rites before
his family and authorities showed up. After chanting the transference of consciousness a large
red spot of blood and lymph appeared on the baihui point of his head indicating that the transference
to Sukavati was complete. If the spot had appeared on his chest or back he would have entered
another human realm. If it showed up on his face he would have entered the higher realms. If
it showed up on his navel or lower he would have taken rebirth in the lower realms. But because
it showed up on the baihui point he will never have to take rebirth in the six realms of
suffering again. For a person who didn’t believe in anything Chinese he came to have tremendous
faith and achieved transcendence as a result.
A famous Guru sent over one of his disciple with full body rheumatic arthritis. One day her body
caught on demonic fire and partially formed hungry ghosts jumped out and into to me. I had all the
classic signs of ghost attack high fever, profuse sweating and burning throughout my body. If I
relaxed my mind into the pure light the symptoms would go away but if I returned back to subject
object orientation the symptoms would come back. If I practiced qigong or meditation with subject
object orientation then the symptoms would get even worse. Ejaculation temporarily relieved the
symptoms because it would reduce the energy on which they fed. The ghosts that lived in my stomach
and liver channel were pacified after many months of practice but the ones that lived in my gall
bladder channel stayed for a couple of years. Herbs helped cool the fire and acupuncture with energy
transmission helped move them out. Tantra helped pacify them but most of all helped with my
relationship to them. I had several healings with different masters that helped and one of the
best was from Joe who used the shangxing system to liberate many of them into the fifth dimension.
In reality we’re all just food for the hungry ghosts. School, work and government all have to be
fed but when the lord of death Yama comes for his due whether his meal is good or bad is not my
concern because his teeth can not bite the pure light nature of my own mind’s radiance.
When Confucius realized the Way of Great Harmony it was expressed in the Kongzi Zi Lu. When Laozi
understood the Way it was expressed in the Dao De Jing. When Buddha realized the Way it was
expressed in the sutras and tantras. When the modern saints Jesus and Mohammad realized the
Way it too was expressed in words but as we all know “the Dao that can be told is not the
eternal Dao”. Trying to tell it only degrades it. As it says in the Koran the intellect can
bring you to the gates of heaven but to enter you have to leave it behind. Amongst the many
different cultures and languages the expression of the nature of reality waxes and wanes as
well as morphs into new expressions of realization but their least common dominator and purpose
remains the same, to transcend the four levels so that all becomes One.
Every generation, pop icon philosophers come out with a new language that seemingly sets themselves
apart from the rest but under analysis is just a regurgitation of that which has already been said
a million times, since ancient times. I wrote this paper as a simpleton in my own words but as
you can see it can easily be translated into Wilber, Liang, Foucault, Buddha, Laozi or Confucius.
After all to do anything more as Guattari said, is just “a quarrel over language”. For me to
come up with anything new would simply create a new language. Anything I could say has been
said before. Anything I could do has been done before. And, though things may seem to come and
go the true nature of mind has never moved so much as an atom. Your mind is my mind and my mind
is your mind. It is the only true communication we have ever had since beginningless time. May
we remain in the space that does not deceive and joyous luminosity be achieved!
Though I rejoice in the light, please excuse this spittle of toilet paper as mere psychobabble
of an ignorant beast. It cannot compare with the masters of old or the illumined beings of the
present. But, due to the request for ink and paper these notes have been jotted down for
amusement. May it benefit all beings!!!
Clinical Counseling I, winter monkey, wood rooster 05’
Pure light medicine is the only way to cure all outer, inner and secret diseases!!!
The Dao Of The Great Physician
Unless the results of a doctor's treatment is enlightenment and liberation from the six realms of suffering then they
really haven’t done much for their patients at all. Any help they have given them will only be temporary at best. In fact if a
doctor does not transform a patient's suffering into the impetus for transcending the path of health, healing and
enlightenment the patient will never escape the wheel of birth and death. Unless the patient escapes the wheel of
birth and death they will constantly churn in the sea of the six realms of suffering until the end of time. Unless
a patient uses the prescribed five root medicines to transform and cure the five root poisons, which is the causation
of mortal existence, they will continually creat the karma of existence. It is for this reason that all Great
Physicians spend their entire lifetime on the path of health, healing and enlightenment so that they can achieve
omniscience and bring their patients to that very same state.
In days of old Great Physicians where Shamans, Confucians, Daoists, Buddhists, Christians and others who were
moved by great compassion and set out to alleviate the pain and suffering of the world. The person who coined
the term the Great Physician was Sun Si Miao who is regarded in modern TCM history books as a famous doctor,
however he was much more than that. He was and still is the Daoist Deity of acupuncture. His three basic
medical tenets are humanity, compassion, and wisdom. When a doctor’s sole practice is based on these three
principles then they too become Daoist saints. Humanity means the harmony between the doctor and patient. It
is through a doctor's grace that a sick person receives healing and through that healing harmonizes heaven,
earth and human kind. Compassion is the selfless caring for all beings. Sure a Great Physician could be doing
something more entertaining but he spends his entire lifetime in service to others healing and liberating
patients from the totality of suffering. Wisdom is the knowing that all is Dao. All thing come from the Dao,
exist in the Dao and returns to the Dao. This is the great natural state of our own existence. Bringing
their patients into harmony and realization of the Dao is the vocation of the Great Physician.
The three stages of Daoism are to enter the Dao, cultivate the Dao and realize the Dao. To enter the Dao
means to have formal initiation and transmission of the basic teachings, rules of conduct, internal alchemy
and meditation practices. It is establishing a connection to the supreme source of all good qualities.
To cultivate the Dao means to contemplate the teachings, open the inner channels through qigong and tai chi
practice, and meditation on the natural state, the Dao itself. To realize the Dao means to have total harmony
with the wisdom nature of the Dao. It is from this realization that the Great Physician gathers their source
of inspiration and power to treat the myriad of diseases. To strengthen, purify and heal the body through
cultivation traditional doctors develop the power to heal from the source. Traditional Chinese Medicine
has been developed by enlightened beings since beginningless time and the reason why it is such a powerful
medium is because it has never been separated from the Dao. Though modern medicine is much less spiritual
and a lot more commercial these days there are still many physicians who enter the field of medicine to
help people. If their intent is to illuminate themselves and their patients to escape the world of suffering
then they too are in accordance with the Dao. And, in an era where itrogenic causes are the number one
cause of death these modern wisdom doctors really are saints.
The Dao of the Great Physician is humanity, compassion and wisdom!!!
Turning To The Mind's Delight
In the name of Freedom we kill millions of people, in the name of human rights
we enslave millions more. In the name of democracy we destroy our mother Earth
and in the name of God we creat the apocalypse. Before it's too late what else can we do but,
turn to the mind's delight.
In these degenerate times the Jews and Christians are killing the Muslims, the Muslims are
killing the Hindus, the Hindus are killing the Christian and even the Buddhists have become
politicians. With no refuge left to turn to where else can we
go but, turn to the mind's delight.
Our government promised no child left behind, health care and education for all,
but by the times we pay off the loans, interest and taxes we are already gone.
What vocation is left but to cross our legs and, turn to the mind's delight.
You can look but you can not touch, says the beautiful model. You can see but you
can not have, says the TV add. You can have if you sell your soul, says the devil.
Trapped by these distractions, grasping and clinging demons what else can we
do but, turn to the mind's delight.
While righteous leaders tell us to be good they keep their own sins hidden in the
closet. From the burning pulpit of desire even our politicans and priests have become pedophiles. Our
parents had no time for us, our teachers just pushed us through. Now that our own kids
drive us crazy what else can we do. With no answers in the book there's only one place
left to go, turn to the mind's delight.
Friends today are tomorrow’s foe and foes today are tomorrow’s friend.
Siblings squabble, and parents scorn on who else can one depend? Yesterday I felt good
but today I need more Prozac, not even my self is a very good friend. With nothing left to
hold onto that can really save our souls, where else can we go but, turn to the mind's
Entering the mind's delight who cares if it's Bush or Gore. The light of happiness is
upon me now everything else is just a bore.
Entering the mind's delight who cares what religion we are. In the light of intrinsic
awareness we are all brighter than the Northern Star.
Entering the mind's delight who cares about their promises. When the golden lotus of
pure light opens there is health care, education, and pension for all.
Entering the mind's delight who cares what their selling. The jewels of the precious
dharma is the only true blessing.
Entering the mind's delight who really cares about profession. Past, present and
future dissolved the true light is everlast.
Entering the mind's delight who cares what people say. A crazy yogi with wild hair
has the yidam for a lover.
Entering the mind's delight even Bush becomes a Buddha.
Entering the mind's delight even terrorists becomes our friends.
Entering the minds delight even Fifth Avenue becomes a path.
Entering the mind's delight even our foes become our sattvas.
Entering the mind's delight there's nothing left but, light.
So, what are we waiting for, turn to the mind's delight!!!
The Four levels of Zen Realizations
When Lord Buddha Shakyamuni was teaching Prajnaparimita, the Means to the Realization
of Wisdom, in 250 BC the king of the gods Indra appeared in the sky and offered him a
flower in reverence of his teaching and became a disciple. The Buddha held up the flower,
blinked three times and out of three hundred monks Kasyapa understood and suddenly
realized enlightenment. This was the first historical transmission of Zen. The Zen
transmission was passed down for twenty-eight generations to the first patriarch of
Chinese Zen Bodhidharma who brought it to the famous Shaolin Temple in Henan, China.
The Sixth patriarch Huineng then taught so prolifically that Zen became the national
religion by the eighth century Tang Dynasty and went onto flourish in Tibet, Korea,
Japan and Vietnam. Buddhism had already been the national religion since the first
century but Zen cut through delusion like the wisdom sword of Manjushri making it
the expedient of this Golden Age. Some Pureland Masters and Tibetan politicians like
to rebuke Zen, or Hashang’s version, as being too lofty to accomplish or lost in the
void of eternalism and for errant practitioners this may be true. But, as Huineng
said it is not the Buddhdharma that strays into dualistic fixation only errant
practitioners stray. After all this Zen transmission is the heart essence of all
the lineage masters from Ksayapa’s realization on down and being a powerful expedient
Padmasambhava brought it from China to help transform Tibet into a Buddhist nation
during the eighth century.
Though the sudden enlightenment essence of Zen has been transmitted since ancient
times and remains fresh in the minds of the great masters who keep the transmission
alive most people wouldn’t immediately realize a sudden enlightenment transmission
even if they got a slap from Master Linji’s stick. In this Dharma Ending Age people’s
minds are too obscured for the light to penetrate so they must be ripened through the
continual practice of meditation and contemplation. To exemplify this point the great
master Bodhidharma was asked many times to teach but he just sat in a cave for nine
years facing a wall in samadhi absorption. On the outer level it seemed like he was
doing nothing but on the inner level his was already teaching by example. After Huike
cut off his arm as an offering Bodhidharma left the cave and went down to the temple
to teach the full breath of Zen cultivation, transmission and realization which
includes the maha yogas of qigong called the Muscle Changing Classics, the Bone Marrow
Washing Classics, Shamatha and Vipassana meditation and how to transcend the four
levels of Zen Heaven.
The Four Zen Heavens are also known as The Four Levels of Zen Realization. These four
stages of Zen meditation demonstrate how total realization of all the Buddha’s
teachings and Purelands are within our own minds right here and now free from dualistic
fixation, discursive thinking, grasping and any elaboration what so ever. It is at
this point where all of the eighty four thousand teachings of the sutric school and
the six hundred and forty thousand teachings of the tantric school converge. There
are many ways up the mountain but we all meet at the top. Zen means
Dhyana meditation as path and fruition. As path it means Shamatha. As fruition it
means Vipasana. As realization it means the unity of the two. As a verb Zen means
to meditate and contemplate. As a noun Zen means to be realized. When we begin to
analyze the Four Zen Heavens we can get an idea of what Zen really means and where
we are on the path to enlightenment and liberation.
The First Zen Heaven
The First Zen Realization is simply the penetration of shamatha meditation. Today
people are busier than ever which distracts us from the pure peace of our
enlightened nature. This causes stress to our subtle nerves and energy flows and
creates all of the diseases we experience mentally, physically and environmentally.
To reverse this destruction all of the wisdom traditions begin with the practice of
meditation. In Shamatha meditation practitioners begin by simply relaxing the mind
so that peace and calm abiding begins to grow in our lives. Instead of our minds
controlling us we begin to take control of our minds. To begin with we should adopt
the seven-point posture of Virochana. Sit comfortably with your legs crossed and
straighten your back. Place the right palm on top of the left with the thumbs just
barely touching each other. Place the tongue on the roof of the mouth and tuck in
the chin just a little bit so that the fontanel is directly facing the center of
the sky. Relax and follow the breath while focusing on an object in front of you.
Keep following the breath until deep relaxation and calm abiding takes over and the
warm bliss light of the minds true nature begins to arise. The result of this First
Level of Zen Realization should be that we are less distracted and disturbed by the
mundane affairs of life. We find that form is emptiness and letting go of
our mental attachments we enter the First Zen Heaven.
The Second Zen Heaven
The Second Zen Realization is the accomplishment of shamatha meditation. At this
level of meditation practitioners enter the primary empty nature of mind. This first
level of emptiness in not the true emptiness of realization but actually a mind of
non-arising thought. In the space of non-arising thought practitioners are not
disturbed by dualistic fixation, grasping, discursive thinking and conflictive
emotions. Even the root cause of delusion, the “I”, is non-apparent. This is the
first enlightened level of an Arhat’s realization. From this source of non-arising
thought practitioners develop extreme peace and many minor miraculous powers.
However, this is a tricky level of meditation where practitioners can easily get
addicted to the peace and bliss of deep samadhi penetration and develop eternalistic
fixation which is a root downfall of meditation. If they get caught in this trap
they won’t escape the wheel of birth and death but eventually take rebirth in the
lower realms after the karma of their samadhi wears off.
These practitioners have reached a level of relative immortality in which they can
sit for months, years, decades, centuries, millenniums or even longer. In fact,
when China was inventing gunpowder peasants would often go into the cave retreats
where mediators had been in meditation for so long that their bodies became
petrified. The peasants would grind the petrified bodies into gunpowder, which they
used to cauterize open wounds, and latter on to build rockets. Sometimes they would
soak the petrified bodies in water and when they recited specific rejuvenation
mantras they would briefly come back to life even after centuries had gone by.
Their Allaya consciousness still hasn’t been totally purified and the attachment
to their bodies create the karma of further rebirth. Even today there are many of
these petrified meditation bodies all around China. However, they should not be
confused with the petrified remains of great masters such as Huineng who is still
sitting at the Nanhua Temple after one thousand three hundred years. They only
leave their bodies as an object of veneration and refuge. The result of the Second
Level of Zen Realization should be that there are no mental disturbances and
distractions what so ever, only samadhi absorption. Though our karma has not been
totally purified we are still free from the conflictive emotions of a
discursive mind and the environment in which we live. We find that emptiness
is form and, in this deep state of Dhyana Samadhi absorption we enter the
Second Zen Heaven.
The third Zen Heaven
The Third Level of Zen Realization is the dawn of Vipasana. From the deep space of
non-arising thoughts practitioners can see the nature of their minds as it really
is, free from all obstruction. From this level of penetration prajna wisdom begins
to dawn and this is the realization of the Bodhisattvas. This form of emptiness is
not the empty nature of non-arising thoughts but that of the empty nature of
thoughts themselves. This is a state of non-attachment to all arising phenomena,
which is the beginning of true wisdom. With this realization of wisdom Bodhisattvas
can engage in mundane life while maintaining the supra-mundane view. When
Avalokitishvara realized the emptiness of the five skandhas he overcame all ills
and suffering. When Sengcan received his Zen transmission his leprosy disappeared.
That is why they say realization of the Prajnaparimita is the supreme medicine.
Also in the Ksitsagarbha Sutra the Maha Bodhisattva took rebirth in the hell realms
to help liberate people there but he himself realized there was no difference
between heaven or hell and does not suffer while he is there. At the Third Level
of Zen Realization the result should be that true wisdom dawns in the mind stream
of practitioners and they begin to see that life is like an empty illusion and
that there is nothing to ultimately to get attached to. From this state of total
surender the only thing they have left is love, compassion and wisdom. They realize
that form is none other than emptiness and they enter the Third Zen Heaven.
The Fourth Zen Heaven
The Fourth Level of Zen Realization is the unwavering Prajna of Dhyana Samadhi,
which is the unity of Shamatha and Vipasana meditation into the one taste awareness
of wisdom mind. It is the spontaneous liberation of all arising thoughts and apparent
phenomena. Here there is no distinction between good or bad, heaven or hell yet the
perfection of actions spontaneously arises to benefit beings. This non-attached
state of actions imbued with the wisdom of knowing what to reject and what to
accept while the mind itself neither rejects or accepts is the great awakened Bodhi
mind of the Buddhas. Up until now Zen has been a verb meaning a path, method, practice
or system of cultivation. Now at this point Zen becomes a noun meaning a state of
achievement equal to all of the Buddhas of the three times, five families and the
ten thousand direction. At the Fourth Level of Zen Realization practitioners should
see that form is none other than emptiness and the non-dual nature of self
and others. Under analysis beyond all of the poetry it really isn’t that hard to
understand. Following the Eightfold Path cultivate a virtuous life to sow the
seeds of meditation. Meditate to sow the seeds of wisdom. And, realize wisdom for the
benefit of all sentient beings. This is the Fourth Zen Heaven.
knowing what to reject and what to accept while the mind neither rejects or accepts
is the great awakened Bodhi!!!
The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind
Our deluded minds are stuck on a one-way street going through the six realms of samsara
with no way out. Since beginningless time we've yet to see our true nature and so here we
are again at the cross roads of life. When we hear the four thoughts that turn the mind
and contemplate their meaning it should feel as if the most powerful river in the universe
has reversed its course and flows up the mountain into the sky. By continually reflecting
on the four thoughts that turn the mind we become extremely motivated to practice
contemplation and meditation and put forth our very best effort to escape the wheel of
birth and death.
The Precious Human Rebirth
Of all the different forms of life in the six realms we have taken the precious form
of a human being. We could have been born in the hell realms where torture is
continually experienced. We could have taken rebirth in the hungry ghost realms where
we are continually consumed by desire. We could have taken rebirth in the animal realm
where we ignorantly plod through life on our way to the butcher's block. We could have
taken rebirth in the asuras where bickering and jealousy drives us crazy. We could have
been born in the god realms where our arrogance becomes our ignorance. Luckily we have
taken rebirth as a human being and have the capacity to study, contemplate and meditate.
Of all the forms of life we could have taken we have been blessed with the precious human
rebirth, which is the most conducive to reaching buddhahood. We should not waste this
lifetime in pursuit of mundane goals because before we know it life will be over and who
knows when we'll get another chance to enter the path that leads to enlightenment and
liberation. So, turn the mind towards the dharma.
Life goes by like a flash of lightening, a bursting bubble, a summer breeze or a dewdrop
in the desert wind. If we keep ignoring the path that leads us to permanent happiness
when will we get another chance? If we keep letting our distractions prevent us from our
meditation our life will have been wasted in vain. So, turn the mind towards the dharma.
The universe is ruled by the laws of cause and effect. For every action there is a reaction.
The law of karma is inescapable yet because we live in a saha world system where karma is
time released and we might not feel the effects of our actions immediately we create all
sorts of evil action which pollutes the fertile ground of meditation. So, turn the mind
towards the dharma.
Being born as a human being with the seven qualities of the upper realms of existence
we take for granted that it could all be lost in a flash. Right now we might not be
doing too bad but the suffering of sickness, old age and death are just down the road
waiting for us yet we don't do much about it. After we go through the suffering of death
what lies ahead of us? If there is life after death what realm of existence will we be
reborn in? So with these questions still unanswered, turn the mind towards the dharma.
Turn the mind towards the dharma while we still have the chance!!!
The Four Boundless Attitudes
The four boundless attitudes are the rocket fuel of realization that awakens even the most
deluded minds. All practitioners of the Way have developed these qualities, which gives
testament to their necessity and divinity. All sentient beings want happiness but very
few have it. The main reason for this is that they themselves haven't cultivated these
qualities in themselves. If practitioners of contemplation and meditation discipline their
minds so that the four boundless attitudes become their primary nature then they will be
treated the very same way and ultimate happiness will be attained.
You and I and all sentient beings would like love and it for that very specific reason we
should all try to love each other equally. Through the power of love heaven descends upon
the Earth dispersing all negative emotions and actions so that the only thing left is the
pure light bliss of love. When people gather around enlightened beings the masters transmit
their love to everyone healing them of all their pain mentally, physically and spiritually.
Through our own training in qigong, contemplation and meditation the healing energy of love
arises out of the center our own hearts and minds radiating into the atmosphere where the
unity of all people come together.
Compassion is the action of love. Giving, caring and working endlessly to improve the
quality of life for all sentient beings is the action of compassion. With the power of
compassion practitioners of the enlightened traditions are motivated to rescue all of
humanity from the cycles of birth and death and bring them to the ultimate state of
enlightenment and liberation.
Rejoicing in the merits of others and watching the good work of dharma in action is
pure unadulterated joy. Sitting in the bliss light of total achievement people who are
high on enlightenment truly knows what joy is and in that joy all negativity is
suppressed by the splendor of joy.
Equanimity is the non-differentiation of all apparent phenomena. The oneness of all
things. The pure mind of Amitabha. It is the inability to make distinctions between
this and that because the pure light of intrinsic awareness is so strong that all
things simply dissolved into primordial bliss.
With the right attitude all things can be accomplished!!!
The Four Perfect Views
After Lord Shakyamuni expounded the nature of sentient life in the Four Nobles
Truths ie; the truth of suffering, the cause of suffering, the ending of suffering
and the path out of suffering, he followed with the Eight Fold Path which teaches
practitioners how to leave and or transform the world of suffering into non-suffering,
bliss, clarity, wisdom, enlightenment and liberation. The Eight Fold Path is divided
into perfect view, perfect thought, perfect speech, perfect action, perfect livelihood,
perfect discipline, perfect meditation and perfect wisdom. The Eight Fold Path can also
be divided into the three levels of morality, meditation and wisdom. Cultivating
morality creates the fertile ground for living a relaxed lifestyle. Living a relaxed
lifestyle creates the fertile ground for meditation. And, cultivating meditation creates
the fertile ground for wisdom to grow so that enlightenment and liberation from the
world of suffering can be achieved. The Buddha also taught that the
mind is the commander of the speech and body so he placed emphasis on taming the mind
to stop the creation of negative karma through speech and actions. That's why in the
Eight Fold Path perfect view and perfect thought are the first paths to cultivate. If
a practitioner's view has been perfected, then their thoughts will also be perfect. If
their thoughts have been perfected then their speech will be perfect. If their speech
has been perfected then their actions will be perfect. If their actions have been
perfected then their livelihood will be perfect. If their livelihood has been perfected
then their discipline will be perfect. If their discipline has been perfected then their
meditation will be perfect. If their meditation has been perfected then their wisdom will
be perfect. If their wisdom has been perfected then Heaven descends upon the Earth
and enlightenment will be realized. By achieving enlightenment liberation from the six
realms is accomplished and the highest potential of sentient existence is achieved.
The Diamond View
The diamond view is the ultimate view of accomplishment. It is free from partiality and
therefore dualistic fixation, discursive thinking and poisonous emotions have no ground
to take root in. Since there is no ground to take root in karma cannot grow and samsara
cannot be created. Knowing that the true nature of mind neither rejects nor accepts
anything is the diamond view. The mind's true nature itself is none other than the
great state of equanimity, the Buddha Mind. This mind is free from all confused
imagination and therefore has no attachment to its relative perceptions. Like the
nature of the sky the mind doesn't care what type of clouds pass through it. It is
neither attached to beautiful clouds nor does it reject stormy clouds. It passes no
judgment on clouds what so ever. All of the clouds in the sky are also a part of the
sky itself. Clouds are dependent on sky for its very existence yet sky lets them come
and go on their own accord. Clouds come from the great empty state of the sky, are
always changing, exist for a moment in time and return to the great emptiness of the sky.
Maintaining the sky like nature of mind is the diamond view.
The Action View
The second view to accomplish is that even though the nature of mind itself if free from
all concepts it knows what to accept and what to reject. This is the unity of the two
truths both relative and absolute. This is best symbolized by the vulture feather in the
hat of Padmasambhava. It means that even though Padmasambhava has the highest view his
actions are still as refined as flour. For beings that have transcended karma they are
not bound by karma and can partake of any type of activity without karmic repercussion.
Sentient being who are not beyond karma will suffer the consequences of their actions
and so therefore have to learn how to transcend to the higher consciousness of the
diamond view. In tantra the four major tools of transformations are the use of urine,
excrement, alcohol and sex. Most people would naturally reject eating excrement and
drinking urine yet easily except having sex and drinking alcohol. To be able to do all
of them without attachment would mean a practitioner has the diamond view of complete
equanimity. Well, the Dalai Lama puts it best when he says that for tantric teachers
who profess to have the power to transform sex and alcohol into enlightened activity
they should demonstrate their power by drinking urine and eating excrement first. The
action view always knows which actions to perform to benefit beings yet has no
attachment to any of them. This is true wisdom.
the Buddha View
The third view to accomplishment is to see all phenomena as the Buddha. In the lower
vehicle of the Buddhadharma the view of the body is to see it as a repulsive bag of
blood and puss to be renounced so that transcendence can be achieved. In the great
vehicle of the Buddhadharma the body is seen as an empty illusion so that attachment
doesn't arise. In the diamond vehicle of the Buddhadharma the body is seen as a
Buddha. In fact all sentient beings already have Buddha nature and so therefore are
really Buddhas whether they realize it or not is not important, we should realize it.
By seeing all sentient beings as Buddhas one dares not perform any un-virtuous
activities because the repercussion would only lead to rebirth in hell. All of the
experiences of life should also be view as lessons given to us from the Buddhas to
test our realization and application of the six parimitas of generosity, morality,
patience, discipline, meditation and wisdom. When we perform selfless virtuous
activities we are actualizing our true nature, our Buddha nature. Therefore we
should view all sights as the Buddha, all sounds as his mantra and all thoughts as
his samadhi. When all things become Buddha then so do we.
The Harmonizing View
The fourth view to accomplish is to see all of the good things of this life
as blessings of the buddhas and all obstacles and suffering as our own negative
karma resurfacing to be purified. Since the "I" is the root of all of our problems
it is the "I" that has to be liberated. The ego of I, me and mine is only
compounded when we are enjoying the good qualities of life. We think ah, look
at me. I've accomplished so much. When we have these thoughts our ego and
identification to the "I" is only compounded which only serves to create future
suffering. When we think ah, the Buddha has blessed me with this current good fortune
then the "I" has no ground to stand on. On the other side of the coin when something
bad happens to us we should not blame the Buddha but accept responsibility for
creating our own bad karma and purify it through the application of the dharma.
This view might seem a bit contradictory but it serves us well to harmonize the
mind into the gret state of equanimity. In our modern society it is common to hear
people say that they don't believe in God and that its because they're smart
that they're so well off. Then when they have an accident the first thing they say
is, oh God forgive me. Then they avoid responsibility and say God, why did you
forsake me and blame the same God that they didn't believe in in the first place.
This type of ignorance is all too common and its only serve to engender the five
root poisons. To transform ignorance into wisdom we should simply adopt the harmonizing
view of selfless wisdom.
Maintaining the sky like nature of mind is the diamond view!!!