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August 11, 2011


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Zennist leaves me all ears with my tongue hanging out...

Netlorn, A blog search shows The Zennist to be a fan of Böhme.

My Master pointed at the monks on the main yard and told me;

"If you look carefully, you will find three types of monks in this place.

There are those in constant fight with countless permutations and positions of external and internal [Mind] phenomena and there are those whom accept said [Mind] phenomena as they are, living in some artificial construct seen as the "here and now". Both these types are essentially spiritual failures. Both seeking every conscious or subconscious excuse to remain in samsara, always hoping to find some meaning or moment of bliss in the grinding wheel of suffering.

Then we have the superior monks, those whom understood the unquestionable impermanence of the former, penetrated the highly illusive bubble of the skandhas and reached into the immortal. By the right knowledge acquired thus, they re-direct their practise as they now clearly see the noble tenfold path shining through the external and internal [Mind] phenomena and straight into the permanent nature[essence] of the Buddha Mind.

These superior monks are the stream enterers Buddha Gautama and all great zen masters speak of in so many discourses. The great arhats or Buddhas-to-be. Aspire with all your essence to become one of those and do not allow the evil one convince you to remain as one of the two former."

Top notch post.

It's interesting that this idea of Absolute Mind becoming other to itself only to find itself again was also present in Christian Mysticism, especially Jakob Böhme and later took on by the German idealist philosopher G.W.F. Hegel.

He literally says that reality is "identity of identity and non-identity", the non-duality of duality and non-duality. How Mind is engaged in a "playful self-love" activity of self-alienation and self-rediscovery, an endless play.

It's also what Alan Watts kept talking about. I wonder what's your opinion on Watts, I'll search around your blog to find it.

"the communion of the most primordial with itself is a powerful experience—an awakening like no other."

*bows with palms pressed together*

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