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March 25, 2010


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Frank wrote: Seeing good and evil as the same thing leads to Buddhist heresies and real suffering for sentient beings, which defeats the entire impulse behind the Buddha's journey."

Aaah...the unmistakable scent of frustration, failure and more frustration. Blame Zen, blame the buddha, blame the ones conveying the liberating teachings of the Buddha. Blame everything and evereyone but yourself and your own spiritual inadequacy, steeming from a stubborn unwillingness to transcend the skandhas even for but a split second and experience at least something of the truth brought forth in this article.

Friedrich Nietzsche once said to a particularly thickheaded colleague that language falsifies reality. If you do not know true reality (of Mind only) indeed language can easily delude the perciever.

I remember a story from many years back about the Mind master and the magical waterbubble. It was a story for kids but yet a good one.

There was this big empty room full of kids in a circle. In the middle of the circle a very large water bubble soared a bit above the floor and kept changing colours according to the mental influence of the kids. It turned yellow and blue, black and white and many many other combinations of colors that kept fascinating the kids. But as all kids, governed by the the skandha of impulse/perception, the game soon took a serious turn as factors of greed, fear, desire soon took a stronghold and started to divide the kids in various fractions. Some wanted the bubble green because it made them feel good, others wanted it black because they thrived in the scary appearance (found it cool) and yet others wanted it transparent because they believed a pure bubble was the best way to feel good.

After a while some kids started to cry because their mental powers wasnt as strong as some others and they couldn have the colour they desired. This was of course due to their arised dependance on the bubble. The water bubble became in the end their only viable reality and thus this reality dictated and defined them. This was the mental and spiritual trap known as Mara, the deciever. In itself the bubble was beyond good and evil because it was illusory yet it was created and sustained by the substratum of reality itself which is Mind Only.

Well anyway...One day the door to the room swung open, and and old experienced Mind master entered the room. Smiling yet shaking his head in pity for the calamity in the room, he he streched out his finger and with his sharp nail punctured the bubble that instantly dissappeared, revealing the thusness of the room.

My question to you now is, how do you puncture your own bubble and when the bubble vanishes what is there to see that the Buddhas has managed to exound in so man many sutras?

Answer that question and you are truly on the bandwagon of of true and genuine Zen Buddhism, otherwise anything you say or imagine about Buddhism is just that, fantasy and whining delusions arised from fantasy.

"If we were to only believe that our created dualities were fictions, such as heaven and hell, or good and evil, life might improve greatly. But even better, if we could be in communion with Mind, where all distinctions are seen to be illusory displays (since they are only Mind modes), we might even get a wink from the Buddha, himself, acknowledging that we have actually started crossing to the other shore"

Then why does the Buddha stress the importance of being "good" so much as in the precepts?

Much of what is written here and in zen in general seems like an intellectual exercise--something like a Rubic's sphere--if there were such a thing, but clearly the Buddha was moved more by compassion than anything else--a compassion that drove him to seek the end of suffering, as you well know.

Seeing good and evil as the same thing leads to Buddhist heresies and real suffering for sentient beings, which defeats the entire impulse behind the Buddha's journey.

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