#4449 - Friday, December 9, 2011 -
Editor: Jerry Katz
Hsin-Hsin Ming VIII: Non-Duality
"When such dualities cease to exist / Oneness itself cannot exist. . .
. / With a single stroke you are freed from bondage; . . . / To know this
Reality directly / is possible only through practicing non-duality. / When you
live this non-separation, / all things manifest the One, and nothing is
excluded. . . . / Not here, not there / But everywhere right before your eyes.
. . . / Don't waste your time in arguments or discussion / attempting to grasp
the ungraspable." (Clarke)
I have condensed a great deal here, so I would recommend you study it in
context should you wish to explore it further.
We say 'non-dual' because, as previously stated with reference to Zhuangzi,
"One and the saying make two." This is merely semantic, of course, but it does
make the point.
The Zen vision of 'enlightenment' is primarily described as 'sudden', as
opposed to gradual, although some concessions are often made to a gradual
realization leading up to the sudden epiphany.
To experience non-duality, we are told, we must practice non-duality. This
leaves us with the chicken/egg dilemma, but that may be the point. Breaking the
mind's attachment to cause and effect becomes the breakthrough. Here is a
Oneness means oneness; nothing is excluded. Another gate.
Nowhere in particular; yet in every particular. Another gate.
Realization is experiential; it is not intellectual, nor can it be attained
through reason. Arguments and discussions about the nature of reality do not
bring us any closer to it. Why do we argue? Should I argue for the non-dual
position? Will that make me non-dual? Will it make you non-dual? It is only an
idea. Living in the dualistic mind, ideas matter because they help to make me
someone, someone 'right' in contrast to some-other 'wrong'. What would it be
like to be utterly unconcerned with the opinions of others vis-à-vis my own?
Perhaps even those opinions would fall away. And then I would float away; for
these opinions are a great burden on my heart.