AWARENESS IN STILLNESS

Awareness in Stillness

Awareness in Stillness
Awareness in Busy-ness
It’s all the same a-w-a-r-e-n-e-s-s!

Through mindfulness meditation, the mind becomes still. Because of stillness, we become aware of the awareness of a still mind. Now, anything that arises in this stillness is allowed because awareness is still aware, but unattached. As this awareness is unattached to whatever arises in the mind, we take the first step towards non-duality.

In non-duality, there is no personified experiencer, but merely unattached awareness. Of course, in order to express this, a I is needed; a mere i. A mere ego. This can be illustrated as ‘essence’, and ‘essence love’, when essence is working for the benefit of all sentient beings. And so the absolute comes down into the relative to function at an altruistic level. This is essence love.

All appearances and experiences are merely projections in the mind. However, we become caught up in an experiencer, when that too is just an appearance in the mind. Ultimate reality is mere experience. There is nothing more and nothing less than recognition of pure awareness; however, that very recognition has to also be dropped for non-duality to occur.

As it says in the Heart Sutra, the Prajna Paramita:
“gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā” Gone, gone, gone beyond…

“Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form.
Emptiness is no other than form.
Form is no other than emptiness”

‘THE PATH OF NO RETURN’ by 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche:

In the Prajna Paramita Sutra, supreme emptiness is said to be ineffable and inconceivable. Ineffable means that it cannot be defined, inconceivable means that it can’t be found to exist anywhere as anything. Even if we understand, we foster false assumptions about phenomena. To acquire some understanding of what inconceivable emptiness really is, it is likened to space, which is beyond production and obstruction.”

 

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NB. The Heart Sutra is absolutely profound and will take much reflection and experience to understand it, as it is beyond mere philosophy. As our perception refines, so our understanding of the language used refines. At this time, my understanding of “Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form” is the inseparability of the two truths. However, the Sutra goes beyond this bodily experience of form, and is only truly understood by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

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3 Responses to AWARENESS IN STILLNESS

  1. tony says:

    The Heart Sutra

    Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva,
    when deeply practicing prajna-paramita,
    clearly saw that the five skandhas are all empty,
    and was saved from all suffering and distress.
     
    Sariputra,
    form is no different to emptiness,
    emptiness no different to form.
     
    That which is form is emptiness,
    that which is emptiness, form.
     
    Sensations, perceptions, impressions, and consciousness
    are also like this.
     
    Sariputra,
    all things and phenomena are marked by emptiness;
    they are neither appearing nor disappearing,
    neither impure nor pure,
    neither increasing nor decreasing.
     
    Therefore, in emptiness,
    no forms, no sensations, perceptions, impressions, or consciousness;
    no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, mind;
     
    no sights, sounds, odors, tastes, objects of touch, objects of mind;
    no realm of sight up to no realm of consciousness;
     
    no ignorance and no end of ignorance,
    up to no aging and death,
    and no end of aging and death;
     
    no suffering, accumulation, cessation, or path;
    no wisdom and no attainment.
     
    With nothing to attain,
    bodhisattvas
    rely on prajna-paramita,
    and their minds are without hindrance.
     
    They are without hindrance,
    and thus without fear.
     
    Far apart from all confused dreams,
    they dwell in nirvana.
     
    All buddhas of the past, present and future
    rely on prajna-paramita,
    and attain anuttara-samyak-sambodhi.
     
    Therefore, know that prajna-paramita
    is the great transcendent mantra,
    the great bright mantra,
    the supreme mantra,
    the unequalled balanced mantra,
    that can eliminate all suffering,
    and is real, not false.
     
    So proclaim the prajna-paramita mantra,
    proclaim the mantra that says:
     
    gate, gate,
    paragate,
    parasamgate,
    bodhi, svaha!
     
    The Heart Sutra of Prajna.

  2. tony says:

    Chanted in Sanskrit.

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