‘You understand,’ said Chaydem, ‘but the reality of it escapes you. Understanding is nothing. The eyes must be kept open, constantly. To open your eyes you must relax, not strain. Don’t be afraid of falling backwards into a bottomless pit. There is nothing to fall into. You’re in it and of it, and one day, if you persist, you will be it. I don’t say you will have it, please notice, because there’s nothing to possess. Neither are you to be possessed, remember that! You are to liberate your self. There are no exercises, physical, spiritual, to practice. All such things are like incense- they awaken a feeling of holiness. We must be holy without holiness. We must be whole….complete. That’s being holy. Any other kind of holiness is false, a snare, and a delusion…..Henry Miller
the taste of ice cold milk…..waking up to sunshine and birds singing….writing a love note…..petting the cat……a pile of new books…..ensconced in an art project…..crying for someone…..knowing an era is done…..feeling my age some days….letting go of time…..singing to the kids……
Take the moon reflected on the surface of a lake as an example. It is brilliantly apparent, but you cannot trap it. It is vividly present and at the same time utterly intangible. The same is true of the mind. By its very nature, which is the indivisible union of emptiness and luminosity, nothing can obstruct it and it can obstruct nothing. It is unlike a solid object, such as a rock, with a physical, exclusive presence. In essence, the mind is insubstantial and omnipresent. The perceptions of samsara and nirvana are simply the play of the mind’s natural creativity, the radiance of its emptiness. The essence of this radiance is emptiness, and the expression of emptiness is radiance. They are invisible….Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
……….and maybe essence is the sheer effort it takes to let go…….
Dear Leonard, to look life in the face,
always to look life in the face, & to know what it is,
to love it for what it is.
At last to know it. To love it for what it is.
And then to put it away.