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November 19, 2013

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Good sir, I do not doubt or criticize “you”, your insight, your knowledge, your school, your creed, your blog, your masters, or in any way mean you or them or any of it any harm or conflict. However, I doubt or criticize all that is known.

There is freedom in not knowing, in not pursuing a path; this implies simply being what we are, who we are, where we are, and recognizing the very nature of this is interdependent and in the context of relationships which transcend all knowing or that which can be known.

It is not projected ideals, values, experiences, and practices, from mind onto reality, which are all conditions of the known, that permit freedom because these create of themselves the dualistic divisions of conflict and misery that we seek, paradoxically, to escape from.

So if "Buddhism", for example, becomes the center of practice, it is still in that conditioned state of mind – that thought which states “I must do this for that” – which is a condition and the start of the merry-go-round of samsara.

To be free there is no center or practice, no hub of the wheel because there is neither hub nor wheel to revolve around it. This is what it means to be neither moving nor not moving (as Buddha described Nirvana), but to cease the endless conflict of mind which suggests that one path even exists much less leads to anything at all.

It is precisely that state of mind of freedom which Buddha and the enlightened ones point to. It is not to follow Buddhism as some sort of condition. It is for us to be free from such constructs which create all the divisions and conflicts of mind. Not to build a school around freedom, but to build nothing whatsoever to divide us from existence. Nor is it not building those things which leads to freedom. Freedom is simply being free.

I believe if we asked Buddha if he was a Buddhist, he would reply, in perfect sincerity, and without word games, or spiritual trips, no. He did not want us to be Buddhists. He wanted us to be free.

A man from the country seeks the Law and wishes to gain entry to the Law through an open doorway, but the doorkeeper tells the man that he cannot go through at the present time.

The man asks if he can ever go through, and the doorkeeper says that it is possible. The man waits by the door for years, bribing the doorkeeper with everything he has. The doorkeeper accepts the bribes, but tells the man that he accepts them "so that you do not think you have failed to do anything."

The man does not attempt to murder or hurt the doorkeeper to gain the Law, but waits at the door until he is about to die. Right before his death, he asks the doorkeeper why even though everyone seeks the Law, no one else has come in all the years. The doorkeeper answers "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."

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