You Don’t Have To Be Clever And Wealthy
to realise the Dharma.
Repeating what you have learned isn’t the Dharma. Real Dharma is genuine, empathetic experience; it is beyond both cleverness and wealth. In genuine Dharma, there are no words, no cost, and no cleverness.
A teacher’s ability to empathise with someone’s past will inform about the present, to show the way to the future. Quoting well-learned text can create a barrier to that individual’s experience. The student is not supposed to fit into the Dharma like a glove puppet: the purpose of the Dharma is to free the student from the puppetry.
Puppetry: The manipulation of a person that is typically moved either by ‘strings’ controlled from above or by a hand inside it. 😀 😀 😀
Being told, “It’s your clinging ego!” puts up a barrier to honest openness and trust. It’s important to understand a person’s background. We are not all nice, middle-class people; some of us have a very angry background – and in 69 years, I haven’t met a teacher who can deal with this.
The reason I’m saying this is because people outside the Dharma can appear kinder than those within the Dharma. Detachment can make us cold, to the extent that we can become attached to our detachment. The Dharma is meant to set us free, not enslave us in dogma.
The Dharma is the explanation of our true nature, and offers the method to realise this. Why is Buddhism so expensive? I’ve missed teachings because I just couldn’t afford the fees: the ‘heart offering’, the requests for donations, the travel costs, the accommodation and the retreat fee. It should be free and accessible to all, not just the middle-classes: it is for this reason that I write this blog.
There are two main barriers for working-class people to engage in Buddhism – the cost of teachings and retreats, and time: it is difficult for people with jobs and family commitments to take the time to go on retreat.
Dzogchen does the trick!
No words, no cost, no cleverness.
All beings have awareness. Normally, this awareness is used to survive. If we take a moment to ask the question, “Is there more than just surviving?”, life has a way of revealing our path, and eventually we become aware of this awareness. That is meditation.
Now the Dzogchen part: On investigation, we find that there is nothing but awareness. It is pure awareness. It is pure consciousness. And we can realise this now, at this very moment! No words, no cost, no cleverness…no meditation. Meditation is now merely a reminder.
Misunderstanding the pure nature of awareness, we only look outside and never within, thus
mistaking our true nature. With this understanding, relief about the truth arises; the one truth is our own, pure, conscious awareness, for without that nothing would be known! Even if there is a god, it would mean nothing without our own ‘knowingness’ – our pure conscious awareness – would it?
We now realise that people are mistaken about their true nature, because they believe in something external first – and that includes religious beliefs – and forget their human kindness; they have missed the whole point of what is it that is doing the believing.
Sadness and loneliness accompany the realisation of freedom. True empathy and compassion are now experienced, along with love for others’ potential. While watching a film – which can be a catalyst for human emotions – there is sometimes a moment when the characters realise something – and tears well up in our eyes as well. It’s that longing for ‘rightness’ that rarely happens in ordinary life, but is easier to identify in a movie.
The Dharma is a good heart. For a good heart, we do not need words, wealth or cleverness. A good heart is the wealth and intelligence!
The only thing to realise now is that our past will present itself, and pure consciousness remains untouched, so that intelligent expression can bring about balance. This will change the future. Without this, we will not change.
Don’t take the Buddha’s word for it.
Look for your self…….did you find anything?