I asked myself today, “What does a failed Buddhist seeker do when they can’t intuit pure Mind?” I didn’t have to wait long to find the answer. I just looked at a few Buddhist forums on the Internet. They are always well stocked full of failed Buddhists. Putting what I found into a paragraph it goes like this:
Trying to cognize the essence of Mind or trying to attain nirvana is nothing more than an illusion—a fool’s errand. We cannot know anything, but we can stop desiring to attain pure Mind or nirvana. There is no spiritual mountain to climb and no paths that will take us to the summit. The real problem is dissatisfaction which is born of our desire, of wanting things, even nirvana. It is far wiser to give up desire than pursue what, in the end, will inevitably turn out dissatisfying.
If we had to characterize this with a name, it would be radical agnosticism, that we cannot know. And in the face of being unable to know (in this case know or cognize pure Mind) the best we can do is just stop desiring awakening. It ain’t going to happen.
Despite all the Buddhist records we have, especially in Zen, of people awakening to pure Mind, our failed Buddhist seeker—the ultimate wimp—has to make sure others are poisoned by his foul and rotting ideas. This is somewhat like reading about self-made millionaires, then trying to become rich, but ultimately failing, only to write a book that nobody ever became rich!
Let’s face it. Not everyone can awaken to pure Mind. Not everyone can become rich. Not everyone can become a great musician or scientist. Awakening is not easy. But to suggest that striving to cognize pure Mind or realize nirvana is, essentially, a fool’s errand is the insidious machinations of a diabolical intellect.