Issan: The first question you must ask yourself is when are you going to make friends with your own mind?
Zenho: Good luck finding that. I’m making friends with an eggnog latte.
Zenho’s now famous eggnog latte teisho!
The realization that eventually settled upon me when I experienced this teaching is this: The spontaneous manifestation of all non-objectified phenomena is the play of ornamentation of primordial consciousness.
Pretending your mind doesn’t exist (for some, no pretending is necessary!) is your mind pretending your mind doesn’t exist. Confusion. Eggnog latte is simply the arising ornamentation of creativity. A manifestation from the basic space of timeless awareness. Subsumed in mind.
There is this idea in Dzogchen, (Tantric Buddhism), of magical display. It’s the manifestation of all things as the result of mind itself. Expounded upon by Longchen Rabjam:
“Just as all light is subsumed within the sun as its source, all phenomena are subsumed within awakened mind as their source, even the impurity and confusion in the universe of appearances and possibilities. Whatever occurs, by examining basic space as its matrix and abode you find that it has no foundation, but is subsumed within the timeless freedom of mind. Beyond labels and their meanings, confusion and its absence are subsumed within the true nature of phenomena- the timeless expanse, a supremely spacious state.”*
Soooooo… eggnog latte, you, me, Zenho, all phenomenon in fact, are by nature free of any objective frame of reference, subsumed within the basic space of timeless awareness, which is not the ordinary seeking mind.
Great realization awakened by an eggnog latte, a Dzogchen master and one great teacher!
Groovy how this stuff works!
*A Treasure Trove of Spiritual Transmission: A Commentary on The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena by Longchen Rabjam Padma Publishing, 2001, ISBN 1-881847-30-6
MONDAY, 6:30AM: ZAZEN AT THE TEA HOUSE, someone will need to open
MONDAY, 7PM, DREAM KOAN AT THE TEA HOUSE OR ZOOM
TUESDAY, 6:30AM: ZAZEN AT THE TEA HOUSE, someone will need to open
WEDNESDAY, 6:30AM: ZAZEN AT THE TEA HOUSE OR ZOOM
THURSDAY, 6:30AM: ZAZEN & SERVICE AT THE TEA HOUSE OR ZOOM
DOKUSAN WITH ISSAN SENSEI
FRIDAY, 6:30AM: ZAZEN AT THE TEA HOUSE
DOKUSAN WITH ZENHO SENSEI
FRIDAY, 6PM-8PM, BEGIN ROHATSU, ZAZEN
SATURDAY, 6:30AM-11:30AM, ROHATSU ZAZEN, SERVICE
SUNDAY, 6:30 AM-11:30AM, ROHATSU ZAZEN, SERVICE
Here’s Noah’s Poem for the Sangha this week:
I dreamt of snakes
Slithering in sensuality
upon the Great Mother
Every movement an erotic
And she saw me
One of the snakes
She whipped her body
And I ran for her
And I danced for her
But could not escape
How naive to think that I could ever escape
fangs that were meant for biting
skin that was meant for shedding
Bite my skin
Shed my soul
Put your poison
Where you please
And let me see as you see
And let me feel as you feel
And swallow my tail back to myself
And know thyself and know myself
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