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    #3256 - Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights From: The Spirit of Tao Thomas
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      #3256 - Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      Nonduality Highlights
      From: 'The Spirit of Tao' Thomas Cleary



      Those obstructed by nothingness, clinging one-sidedly to this
      principle, sit blankly to clear away sense objects and think that the
      Way is herein. None of them seeks the secret of nurturing the three
      treasures. Though they speak of reaching nothingness, this is really
      not the Way. The ultimate Way is not in reification, nor simple
      nothingness. The mystic essential is to balance openness and realism.


      "Wise indeed are they who rely upon
         the doctrine of voidness,
      And unwise are they who forever grasp
        at extremes of is and is-not;
      But both, said Buddha, are mere products
        of their own karma.
      To he whose vision is unclouded
        I bow my head in homage.

      The infinite things that exist
        constantly are free,
      Coming from nowhere
        and going nowhere,
      Unreal like a magician's creation
        and like a mirage:
      Homage to him who dwelled
        within this wholesome knowledge.

      The born and un-born: both
        are without true birth;
      The produced and the destroyed:
        neither is to be seen.
      Homage to the conqueror
        of abiding and non-abiding,
      Who did abide in the very abode
        where abides the deepest Dharma

      This very nature of thusness
        he thus perfectly taught
      As he dwelled unwaveringly in
        knowledge of thusness itself.
      Homage to him who equals
        an unmoving mountain,
      Whose body is a mountain,
        a vajra, a victory banner."

      -- Acharya Triratnadasa

      From the book: "The Sublime Path of the Victorious Ones,"
      Compiled by the office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama,
      published by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
      posted to DailyDharma

      From 'Zen Essence - The Science
      of Freedom' by Thomas Cleary

      Zen Hobbyists

      There are intellectual professionals who
      think they know everything but Zen, so
      they call over a few incompetent old monks,
      give them a meal, and have them say whatever
      comes into their minds. The intellectuals
      then write this babble down and use it to
      judge everyone else. They trade sayings and
      call this Zen encounter, imagining they have
      gotten the advantage if they get in the last

      They don't even know it if they happen to run
      into real perceptives. Even if they do notice
      the real ones, these intellectuals are not
      really sure, and will not sincerely seek under-
      standing from the teachers. They just seek
      approval as before. Then when the teachers
      demonstrate the real developmental impact of
      Zen in the midst of all sorts of situations,
      the intellectuals are afraid to approach.

      Looking for the Shortcut

      When you have even a single thought of looking
      for a shortcut in Zen, you have already stuck
      your head in a bowl of glue.


      Many people today study Zen acquisitively-this
      is truly a false idea about what has no false

      Just make your mind free. But don't be too tense,
      and don't be too loose-working this way will
      save you unlimited mental energy.





      By Nagarjuna
      (150? - 250?)

      English version by Stephen Batchelor

      If something has an essence--
      How can it ever change
      Into anything else?

      A thing doesn't change into something else--
      Youth does not age,
      Age does not age.

      If something changed into something else--
      Milk would be butter
      Or butter would not be milk.

      Were there a trace of something,
      There would be a trace of emptiness.
      Were there no trace of anything,
      There would be no trace of emptiness.

      Buddhas say emptiness
      Is relinquishing opinions.
      Believers in emptiness
      Are incurable.


      from Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime, by Nagarjuna / Translated by Stephen Batchelor



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