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October 24, 2013

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Good article!

I have been thinking about this topic for a few days now. When I go to darkzen.org, (people, ...just go to the website, and let go of your worldly mind) the magnetic energy is all around my head.......it is very peaceful and at the same time, powerful. It is a good place to practice the Koan.

I do think people who want to make progress in their meditations should understand that they have to unite with the higher 'energy'. I did sitting meditation for awhile and that went nowhere. Until I went and visited master Bac Chau,

The energy at his temple paralyzed me but at the same time, it showed me the appearance is all illusion. In another world, I was living in a dream before, but then.......it taught me how to distinguish the real from the false.

Is that wonderful?

Those who meditate on the externals, I can bet donut to dollar no progress is made with the dry dog bone, LOL

Bodhiratna

In synchronicity, I stumbled upon this link to one zennist's experience of what "outer meditation" becomes when taken to the extreme.

I don't think contemporary Zen has gone this far astray, but there is certainly a dose of it. It's a cautionary tale for everyone, or maybe I'm being too harsh.

Well, decide for yourself:

http://www.cuke.com/dchad/writ/short/persimmon.html

Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.

(Carl Gustav Jung)

There is something which seems to be part of this thing we can call "outer meditation". The very structure of organized Zen is based on the delusional notion of some kind of transmitted spiritual authority. We practice because we believe or would like to hope for at least that the vague dissatisfaction which permeates all beings in samsara can be dispelled if merely we come in contact with a sage or guru or parental figure or kindly doctor or however our minds present this form of external illusion as an archetype (a topic which is deeply revealed in the realizations of Jung about the workings of ordinary mind trapped in and by the aggregates.) And this person has wonderfully been recognized as such by another such sage, and has the key to everything we don’t understand. Such lovely concepts! Although the very world functions on authority, and the ordinary mind reels at the notion, the infinite Buddha is not an authority. The Buddha is _authentic_. There is a difference which can be discerned. Spiritual progress is not adherence to formula, ritual, practice, concept or even belief. It is not even dependent upon faith, a topic which has come up in my commentaries on Zennist’s observations for several days. Mind-to-mind transmission is formless and unconditioned. So why does authority come into it at all? If practitioners of the arts never veered away radically from authority, we would have only classic violin, not bluegrass fiddle, we would have only medieval fugues, not jazz, we would have only realism and impressionism, not cubism or arte naïf. Spirituality can be thought of as the art of the self (atman). Michaelangelo once commented on his skill with sculpting that he merely chipped away that which was not the sculpture. This is sound advice. It seems like it comes from authority, someone who should be trusted. But the hammer and chisel to realize our Buddha mind are not Michealangelo’s. They are in our hands.

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