Monday, February 7, 2011

Always Shining

The Sun is always shining whether we can see it or not.  More than that, it shines without prejudice, radiating its life-giving rays equally to everything. The Sun just is; there's no effort, no goal, no planning, no judgment. We are like that, too. Our essence is vast openness, pure awareness.

"This pure mind... shines forever with the radiance of its own perfection. But most people are not aware of it, and think that mind is just the faculty that sees, hears, feels, and knows. Blinded by their own sight, hearing, feeling, and knowing, they don't perceive the radiance of the source. If they could eliminate all conceptual thinking, this source would appear, like the sun rising..."

Huang-po was a Chinese Zen Master and teacher who lived in the 9th century. He taught that enlightenment could be achieved by a silent mind and putting an end to conceptual thinking. In the tradition of the non-dual teachings, direct experience is the source of truth. If you can describe it, it's not it. If you can understand it with the mind, it's not it. So simply BE. Allow each moment to unfold. Let go of all preceived notions of who you think you are and what you believe life to be. Move into the direct experience of BEing.

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