Also see: Early Forum Posts by Thusness, Part 2 of Early Forum Posts by Thusness

From the feedbacks I received I think quite a number of our blog visitors appreciate these postings! :) So here's part 3.

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Passerby: Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:56 am    Post subject:

din wrote:
Hi Thusness, (or is it Longchen?)

I am resting, but I am also having fun.

Very happy you popped in!!!


I really enjoyed reading the stages of enlightenment that An Eternal Now provided.

Here is the link:

http://www.parama.com/html/body_stages.html

Happy reading!!!


I am Thusness.
Yes it is a joy to see everyone sharing their experiences about Presence.
I like the site too. Just to add in some sugar... Mr. Green
When the ‘I’ drops away, there must be this “fusing into everything”. Without this experience, it is still resting in “I ”, there is no breakthrough. Even with the experience of “fusing into all things”, it remains as a stage having an entry and exit point. True realisation comes when we realised that there never was an 'I' from start, separation is an illusion. All is and are the One reality. Smile
I can see that u r enjoying.

Passerby: Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:18 am    Post subject:

Chelsy wrote:
Hi Passerby,

"Isness is entire."

There is something appealing about this.

Can you share more?

Thanks!


The entirety comes from it being everything. Only a mind that is forever symbolizing seeks and has that sense of deficit. Who, what, where, when and why belongs to the thinking mind that seeks. Isness is the Presence in I, the presence in things, the presence in time, the presence in space, the presence in meaning. It is complete. Enjoy the manifold of Presence!
Chelsy: Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:17 am    Post subject:

Hello Thusness!
Wonderful name, (and great greeny face!)
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Thusness-

True realisation comes when we realised that there never was an 'I' from start, separation is an illusion. All is and are the One reality.

Beautiful!
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Thusness-

Isness is the Presence in I, the presence in things, the presence in time, the presence in space, the presence in meaning. It is complete. Enjoy the manifold of Presence!


The Power of Now teaching has different terminology, perhaps.
This is from Eckhart on Presence.
Question- “Is presence the same thing as Being?”
“When you become conscious of Being, what is really happening is that Being becomes conscious of itself- that’s presence.
Since Being, Consciousness and life are synonymous, we could say that Presence means consciousness becoming conscious of itself, or life attaining self-consciousness. But don’t get attached to the words and don’t make an effort to understand this. There is nothing you need to understand before you can become present.”
How do you see this?
Eckhart speaks of “awareness aware of itself.” “consciousness conscious of itself.” He has said that “this is the message of liberation, freedom, freedom from suffering, salvation, enlightenment.”
Though you may use different words, does this ring true to you?
Passerby: Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:34 am    Post subject:

Hi Chelsy,
Yes, Presence is the beingness.
When one first experienced the pure sense of existence, we touched that which is before thought, the original, the unconditioned. This quality before conditioning is freedom.
However very quickly thoughts step in and we identify with that experience. It becomes 'I Am'. Identification is a form of grasping; without identification the mind cannot know; it is due to the poverty of the mind that it must know, must hold and must attain; but by so doing the essense is lost. Enlightenment has no attainment; it has no knowing, it is the utter willingness of the mind to let go of itself and die to be awakened.
My 2 cents.
Passerby: Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:19 am    Post subject:

[quote="din"]
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I like the site too. Just to add in some sugar...

The coffee still tastes a bit too sweet for me!

... not clouded with a sense of self consciousness...

There is only This.
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Yes din!
Isness cannot be contained. Neither this not that...The 'sweetness' in the coffee, fragrance of smell, blueness in the color, the beingness of all thing, the beingness is the thing!..more real than the real... The experience of no mirror reflecting. Good luck. Smile
Passerby: Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:50 pm    Post subject:

din wrote:
Before the experience of no mirror reflecting there is the experience of "I am" consciousness and being aware of Itself.

Hi Din,
Just for Sharing…
In between “I AMness” and no “Mirror Reflecting”, there is another distinct phase I would name it as “Mirror Bright Clarity”. The Eternal Witness is experienced as a formless crystal clear mirror reflecting all phenomenon existence. There is a clear knowledge that ‘self’ does not exist but the last trace of the karmic propensity of ‘self’ is still not completely eliminated. It resides in a very subtle level. In no mirror reflecting, the karmic propensity of ‘self’ is loosen to a great extend and the true nature of the Witness is seen. All along there is no Witness witnessing anything, the manifestation alone is.
There is no mirror reflecting
All along manifestation alone is.
The one hand claps
Everything IS!
There is only One. The second hand does not exist…
din wrote:

And "no mirror reflecting" is when all efforting is dropped with regard to understanding (interpreting) the present moment and the I am drops away also. And all there is "This".

And what is "This"?
One whole spontaneous divine happening.
Passerby: Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:04 pm    Post subject:

Chelsy wrote:
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The experience of no mirror reflecting.


This is realization of who you are beyond form. You are formless, no content, space, emptiness, nothingness- but alive, intense, gentle, peaceful- this. Pure consciousness, awareness.

Here there is no mirror- as there is nothing here.

It reflects itself.

The world of the senses- is the surface. This world cannot see it isn't.

Beyond the mind- is seeing.


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Before the experience of no mirror reflecting there is the experience of "I am" consciousness and being aware of Itself.

This is the "mirror reflecting".



You cannot figure this out. You cannot use logic, mind.
Be still and go beneath the mind to see this.


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And "no mirror reflecting" is when all efforting is dropped with regard to understanding (interpreting) the present moment and the I am drops away also. And all there is "This".



No mirror reflecting is when there is no self to block space.


Quote:
All is One.




Hi Chelsy,
I agree with most of the thing you said but just don't let the last trace of the karmic self propensity catch us...There is no need to sink back to a Source. The Appearance is really the Source. The Unmanifested is the Manifestation.
It is truly a wonderful exchange. I enjoy most!!!
But got to get back to work...slackz...
ps: Thanks Din for introducing me this great site.
Passerby: Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject:


Hi Chesy,
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what is the karmic self propensity?


As much as I would not like too, I would like to introduce a concept – the idea of karmic self propensity (hope I will not be stoned to death by introducing a concept! Mr. Green). It operates at a very very deep level of our consciousness. What it does? It makes us identify; it is the tendency to identify. Even when the ‘Eye’ is opened, it still operates in a very subtle way. But it can be loosen when the mind is constantly put to still and ‘see’ that quality of beauty and joy that is far greater than the symbolic realm. Any loosening of this propensity is characterized by an expansion of vitality, intelligence and clarity; a sense of release and lightness because ‘weight’, is really that identification. Due to the power of momentum, it will arise. So let it arises and subsides by its own nature. Any form of effort will reinforce it; it settles on its own without being reinforced through a mere effortless ‘seeing’; otherwise just allow it to flow in its own course because it is really that flow itself at that moment. Smile
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"The only absolutely important thing is knowing who you are beyond form."

Yes. All is the One Reality unfolding. It wants us to see all of IT but not through ‘knowing’. For to know is to limit and contain; to know is to measure, compare and divide. Only through being it is seen. Because in beingness, there is no otherness. Beingness merely IS and in that ISness, there is immerse intelligence, life and clarity. It is entire. Smile
Passerby: Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:31 am    Post subject:

din wrote:
I had another insight tonight.

It was much longer and more involved than the original insight I described at the beginning of this thread.

It was totally a different insight/manifestation than the original one and yet it was in essence the same and deepened my understanding of Reality.

What I "saw" was that all there is is this present moment.

But this manifestation that we call the present moment, is simply that, a manifestation.

There really is no "story" attached to the manifestation.

The manifestation is appearance only.

"The story" is what adds "meaning" to the manifestation, to the appearance.

"The story" is essentially conditioning, and it is amazing just how deep and pervasive conditioning is.

Let me give you an example.

Eckhart talks about looking at a tree without naming it, without putting a label on it.

That is what he is pointing to.

The fact that the tree and absolutely everything else is "God" is "It, is the manifestation.

We can't see this because the mind has put a label on everything, interprets everything.

We are living in sacredness, we just don't realize it.

We are sacredness, we just don't realize it.

Everything is "It" , is "God", is the manifestation, but we are too busy "interpreting" to realize this.

I am sitting at the computer posting this knowing that the appearance of the computer and the keyboard is essentially "God", and the fingers typing this post are God's fingers, not mine.

Me and mine is just another appearance, another part of manifestation within the whole.

I have always had the tendency to want to return to the source, to the heart center, to the seat of consciousness as Ramana Maharshi calls it, but this is just appearance also.

The whole of the manifestation is "It" , is "God" , is the manifestation.

There is not one part of "It" that is more "It" than any other part.

So what I am saying is that the heart center, the inner dimension is just another part of the manifestation, it is sacred as everything else is, but it is not special in any other way.

Except perhaps it appears to be the entry point of the unmanifested into the manifested.


Hi Din,
This is really very well put!!! The silence is no more purer or sacred than the manifestation. The manifestation has always been the source! Smile
Passerby: Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 9:25 pm    Post subject:

Claudia wrote:
Hi Passerby...can't sneak much past ol' Amadeus.

Welcome. Now that we have you in our clutches...who are you?

*sings*

I'm looking thru you, where did you go?
I thought I knew you, what did I know?
You don't look different but you have changed.
I'm looking thru you, you're not the same!

Hi Claudia,
Once I was a Body.
Later I became a Name.
Soon after I am merely I.
Then, there never was an I.
Now,
what else besides those words forming on the screen!

Passerby: Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:19 pm    Post subject:

Phoenix wrote:
Welcome Passerby,

as a flower blown out by the wind
goes to rest and cannot be defined
so the wise man freed from individuality
goes to rest and cannot be defined.
gone beyond all images-
gone beyond the power of words

From: Sutra Nipata


Going beyond the subtle influences of thought
The wise rest neither in form nor formless
Not found in this or that
In the flow of perpetual becoming
Ever is and ever One
Completely free, utterly traceless.
Thank you, Phoenix.

Passerby: Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:09 pm    Post subject:

Amadeus wrote:
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Drop this-

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together with a desire to alleviate it.


Compassion itself will move one to action or not.

Alleviating it may or may not be the best action.

Dropping the desire- pure compassion, pure presence- sees- then acts or does not act


I know exactly what you're saying here.

But when I wrote the definition from the dictionary I was thinking more in line with the buddhist outlook on compassion. Wanting to free all sentient beings from samsara. ( I hope I said that right. Where is Passerby when you need him?)


Missed this.
Yes I agree with Phoenix. The essence of anything cannot be known in advance, where situation is, it arises. Naturalness is free of artificialities, when we define; it loses its marvelous workings.
The experience of pristine awareness also differs in depth as well as in its manifoldness. A formula I used for myself:
Clarity = 1/Self
It is the depth of clarity and the intensity of Presence experienced. It is almost natural that even after the experience of our pristine awareness, we tend to sink back to a source, a center. As much as I would not like to say, under careful scrutiny, it is still thought-like, it has all the properties of thoughts with the ingredients of luminosity and aliveness.
There is also a time when the center completely subsides, essence of arising and sinking is from ‘what is’ alone and only in otherness it is seen.

Passerby: Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:41 pm    Post subject: Re: There never was a self

Amadeus wrote:
How deep does conditioning go?

This question is a hard candy.

You pop it in your mouth (consciousness).

And you suck on it (give it attention).





When I did this, I realized that everything I do is conditioning.

And then it followed that the whole world was conditioning, came from the mind.

But that wasn't quite right because events unfold that are totally random, wild, unaccoutable.

And then it dawned on me.

There's no such thing as conditioning.

When this sunk in, the thought came, "Where does that leave me?"

And there it was.

That pattern.

That pattern that repeats itself.

That pattern that repeats itself that I had always called "sense of self".

But there is realization that this pattern is just that, a pattern.

A pattern that repeats.

Thoughts that repeat.

There was the illusion that this pattern was a problem, was a sense of self.

Now it is realized that this pattern, this pattern that repeats, is simply a part of the Whole.

Nothing more, nothing less.


Excellent Amadeus! Couldn't put it better. The great insight of going beyond changing 'thing'. The 'thing' doesn't exist, only change.
Passerby: Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:05 pm    Post subject:

Amadeus wrote:
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Now it is realized that this pattern, this pattern that repeats, is simply a part of the Whole.


What is at the center of your being?

Is there division?

Or

Is there wholeness.

there is always wholeness, only assumed division.
The subtle effort leading to 'knowing' that creates the center, is offset by its own resistance. Smile
Passerby: Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:32 pm    Post subject:

Amadeus wrote:
Hi Passerby,
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Excellent Amadeus! Couldn't put it better. The great insight of going beyond changing 'thing'. The 'thing' doesn't exist, only change.



I posted this on another thread:



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.... so there is no attempt at being consistent, at holding a certain point of view.

Everything is very fluid, flowing continually, forever changing, manifesting as it will, whenever and however it will.

To identify with a certain truth, to hold a certain point of view (and then needing to let it go later on) is the illusion, is the illusion of self.

Stop identifying.

Stop grasping.

Let go.



With this insight, the momentum of the pattern continues but without re-enforement, rises and falls in its own accord (otherwise there is constant re-enforcement) until karmic pattern ends. On the other hand, the ruling mode of 'knowing' which is dualistic is replaced by 'beingness' and Presence continues its stream of Nowness.
Passerby: Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject:

sunsetbreak wrote:

How can ANY karmic patterns exist in the presence of beingness/presence?


Right now mindfully aware, a truck approaching...hitting!!!!


Not about thoughts though.


Good question, Thanks!
Passerby: Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 4:14 am    Post subject:

sunsetbreak wrote:
Passerby wrote:

Right now mindfully aware, a truck approaching...hitting!!!!


Lets say a lion in the wild is climbin a tree and slips and falls and cuts himself on a branch...is this karma?


That is another story. In the example that u raised, it is a topic that involves the mysterious working of karma; one of the 4 imponderables in Buddhism. Which requires a certain degree of faith.
Maybe the word 'karmic' is misleading. You can take it to mean a deep level of attachment and conditioning. For the case of truck, just that very moment, is the 'attachment' that lies deep in the consciousness experienced? That which challenges that 'we are pure awareness'...No answer is really necessary. Just the awareness that is.
If the intensity of Presence experienced is already that strong, the bliss one experiences will also be of different dimension.
Nice chat! 
Passerby: Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:17 pm    Post subject:

sidewinder wrote:
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You are NOT just awareness, you are everything that is.



It's funny, Amadeus, because you hardly ever see that written. All you hear is "you are pure awareness." That's what I recall anyhow from reading all the texts.

It is written but in another form. Isn't it clearly -- Chop wood, Carry Water!
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That's what held me in its grips for a long time. I couldn't get around it no matter how I "looked" at it. It never made any sense.

Just recently it all came together for me: I have realized my formlessness. I'm quite lucid that I am every 'thing' and no 'thing' simultaneously. This is what I was searching for. Everything is "transparent" - especially my body. Whatever happens from this point, who knows. I'm game, though!

This is the key -- transparent! Total transparency has no sinking back to a source. The true face is seen. There is only One. Nothing else.
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John Wheeler and Sailor Bob are great, really really great. But they are just offering pointers. There is nothing 'special' about any teacher. I think a lot of these 'teachers' have a lot invested into the dream of being a teacher (Sailor Bob would be the exception); which is fine of course, life should be fun! But just don't take these teachers so literally. Words are dualistic... so you work with what you have to work with. There is not much that has to be "understand" before it's all said and done with.. we just end up splitting hairs.

LOOK BEYOND THE WORDS. THEY ARE JUST POINTERS.

Yes good pointers. Unfortunately liberation cannot be compromised.
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There comes a point where one needs to drop all concepts.
There is only Oneness.

Da Da Da...keyboard sounds!
Passerby: Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:21 pm    Post subject:

Amadeus wrote:
I can't help but see the duality now in all of John Wheeler's and Sailor Bob's writing.

They have discovered that they are just awareness.

That is fine.

But they are grasping this with the mind, and it has turned into a belief.

Instead of letting go of All thought they are stuck at this level of thinking.

You are NOT just awareness, you are everything that is.

Well said but don't get whacked!
Good Luck!
Passerby: Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject:

Amadeus wrote:
This evening attention was being powerfully redirected within.

There was a slight perception that I was doing it.

But it was much too easy and it was being done way too well for the effort put into it.

So, there is a reclamation of attention from within.

Attention is being redirected within to it's source.

The stream of consciousness is returning to it's source.




I remember something Ramana wrote about this.

He said a man is a fool who ventures out into the hot noonday sun.

Instead of staying in the cool shade of the tree.

Don't worry about the source! It can't be lost, not even for a thought moment!
In no mirror reflecting, there is no compromise! Directly right into the heart of everything...just Everything!



Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
It means there is nothing we can do.

Because there is no "we" that can do anything.
Happy New Year JonLS!

Told u it will only lead to confusion.

Thusness:

Originally posted by JonLS:
When you can see that all experiences are equal expressions of the One...

and that feeling bound is just as much the One as feeling free, only then does the inner division,

better known as ego, fall away.

Adyashanti
Yes JonLS, no one state is purer than the other and thus, a purest state does not exist. Discrimination creates the non-existence 'Self' and insight dissolves it.
Thusness:
Originally posted by longchen:
Hi Isis,

The Bright is the result of progressive non-duality. Or rather, brightness is the original state.

The way (that i know) that will lead towards it is through realisations. ... of which the major turning point realisation is:

"The sense of self (me, I) is not the doer of any action."
Before this realisation, we( and the rest of the human population) believe that the 'self' is in control of all the actions and activity. However, this is not so. This 'sense of self' is more like an additonal layer of mental activity that wants this or that. This is much like a child that throws tantrum but is quite powerless to do anything. This realisation allows us to willingly let go of the excessive mental grasping that is this 'sense of self'.

The progressive non-grasping will lead to a state of no-self... that is what is meant by non-duality. That is the activities are carried out without the sense of self. There are many tones/depths of non-duality... but they all have a vividness and clarity quality.
It is also important to note that preceding this realization, you have the intuitive experience of Eternal Witness and have been continuously seeking and refining this experience for many years. How Presence is being mistaken as the “Eternal Witness” and the eventual realization that “The sense of self (me, I) is not the doer of any action” cannot be underemphasized. The depth of insight and experience of a person having “Eternal Witness” to the experience of “The sense of self (me, I) is not the doer of any action” is of different dimension. This condition has profound implication that led to the eventual realisation of non-duality.

For Buddhists:
Perhaps (in my opinion), this is the condition that triggered the Blessed One to teach about the Tatagathagarba doctrines in Mahayana Buddhism. A teaching that sounded so much like the Atman in Hinduism. Obviously many practitioners are unable to have the deep insight into the truth of Anatta (no-self) that lead one to the realisation that all being the One Reality; otherwise the teachings of Tatagathagarba would be deemed redundant.

Also, this progressive non-duality will lead to a stage where the mystery of the world/existence is revealed. It is like psychology unknowingly leading one towards understanding the mystery about existence.
Well put!

Thusness:


Originally posted by marcteng:
Kamma being a form of energy is not found anywhere in this fleeting consciousness or body. Just as mangoes are not stored anywhere in the mango tree but, dependent on certain conditions, they spring into being, so does kamma. Kamma is like wind or fire. It is not stored up anywhere in the Universe but comes into being under certain conditions.

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This is very well said. This is Emptiness. This is Buddhism. Smile

Thusness:
Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
Is this similar to what you said about mistaking karmic bondage with spontaneous arising?
All these 2 articles are very well written. He wrote with powerful experience of non-dual Presence. He does not mistake anything as there really is no separation. Just that discernment should not be misunderstood as identification. To discern is not to separate anything.

What is lacking is the 'nature' of spontaneous arising, it is still not understood as 'emptiness nature' is still not experienced. He will be able to rest in the bliss of Presence as he has already seen manifestation is really the source; but he will not be able to penetrate the workings of phenomena like past lives and karma. I would not have said there is a stage 6 if non-dual is the end.

Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
Because we're too busy identifying with thoughts and feelings in the mind and body.
And also busy identifying with the "I Am". The worry has now come to it. Dissolve and passaway, fade out of existence! So be it!

Why can't we fully appreciate our perfection?
Fade away and appreciate "no where". Sleep well!


Thusness:

When we clung too deeply to the luminous presence, to that ‘pure sense of existence’, we fail to see the emptiness nature of that presence. Phenomena dances in and out of existence, arises and subsides according to conditions. When a practitioner does not ‘posit’ an ‘I’ and ‘see’ that there is really no one behind, then popping in and out of existence is not seen as any thing unusual, still the perfect expression of our pristine nature that is empty. Allow Presence to be, no who, no when and no where.

Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
Agreed!
Embrace arising and subsiding. Embrace conscious, pre-conscious and unconscious. When we hold to the understanding at the conscious level, we cannot see the workings of pre-conscious and unconscious level. By so doing, we discriminate unknowingly. We divide the undivided.

There is no way to pin our nature into a certain state. Neither conscious, pre-conscious nor unconscious is it. To experience the beauty when the ‘conscious’ isn’t there, be it. To have insight into our nature is to ‘be’ whatever and whenever condition is – Just simply thus. The cognizing mind cannot know, only ‘Thus come and go’ alone knows. Mr. Green



Thusness:

Originally posted by JonLS:
Why is Eckhart's book called "The Power of Now"?

Because your true nature is always right now in the present moment.

That's all that really exists, is the present moment.

The past is just a bunch of memories that can only be recalled "now", and the future is just a bunch of thoughts projected into an imaginary future.

Let me ask you a question.

The awareness that is streaming through your eyes right now, that is taking in this post.

How old is it?

What sex is it, male or female?

Has this awareness changed at all since you were an infant?

Your thoughts about who you are and what the world is certainly have changed, but has awareness ever changed?

Could you say that the awareness is unchanging, always there, always present right now.

Does it have an eternal quality about it?

Let me ask you another question.

What do you think of this moment right now?

Is it particularly good? Or bad?

You will need to refer to your thoughts to answer this question because you are moving away from your true nature.

You are moving into the story of being a separate human being that has needs and wants and is always moving in time.

So, the present moment, which is your true nature, is glossed over, and you instead identify with the story of becoming, of solving the myriad problems you have as a separate individual, of moving forward in time hoping one day to finally "arrive" and find true happiness.

But you and I know that day will never come, because as soon as you solve one problem, another problem will pop up to replace it.

One could say that being a separate person is in fact a state of perpetual problem. Because it is "you" against the world.

However, if you rested in your true nature, which is awareness, which is pure consciousness, which is spirit, which is the present moment, then would there be any problems?

How can you have a problem when you are all that is?

How can you have a problem when you have let go of the story of what you thought you were?

What do you end up with then?

Just the simplicity of this moment.

Which is all there really is.

Which is everything.

Which is what you are.
The ‘Now’ has no identity, no image and no sameness. Not a background and is not a container for things to manifest. When free of concepts, free of the bondage and the need for a background, the ‘that’, the ‘it’, the arising and subsiding phenomena is the presence.

There is no changing thing, there is only change. Things are cognized.
The ever becoming has no end and does not begin. No one particular moment is all of it and yet, no moment isn’t it. Neither is there an ‘All’ to this stream as ‘All’ has no meaning in an endless stream of becoming.

Look, see and point to the mountain, listen to the drumbeats of footsteps, hear the chirping birds; without overlaying symbols, free of concepts, delimited not by a body, not affect by the imprints of senses, undefined by languages, all is and are the Pristine Awareness.

Yet the entire beauty, richness, fabric and texture of this so lucidly clear and real, does not remain even for a moment, instantaneously it is gone. Embrace "this instantaneously gone" and embrace “let arise”, this is its nature, simply so.


Thusness:

Not to mistake what I said with Yoga Nidra of what Swami Rama taught or what Ramana Marharishi said. And not to mistake the dreamless state of Samadhi with nirodha samapatti. “Witnessing” is not the only an aspect of our Pristine Awareness, not all of it. Smile
Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
Hi Thusness,

This is a very interesting answer because something happened today that fits perfectly with what you have said.

I don't know if I can explain and describe it properly but I will try.

I was sitting quietly when a certain "knowing" was in consciousness, this "knowing" had a message for me.

The message was to "abandon that way of knowing".

"That way of knowing" is the conscious reality that I experience every day as the "dream".

I am to abandon it and just be.

I have no idea how to do this, but I don't feel a need to know.

I simply allow, I trust.
Yes JonLs,

There is no line of demarcation among the 8 consciousness (buddhist terms) or the 3 states of consciousness “conscious, pre-conscious, unconscious”, attachment creates that line. For the sake of discussion in a conventional sense and non-buddhist term, it is said there are “conscious, pre-conscious, unconscious”ness, but in essence it is an undivided whole. True clarity comes when there is a total ‘let be’ for manifestation to take place in all states when condition arises. The ‘conscious’ level knows the effect and in the right track through the intensity clarity and bliss during the waking state.

And yes initially it is trust and faith through the fruition of clarity and bliss, with stability it is understood as a working whole simply just so -- As One undivided flow.

Good Luck. Smile
Thusness:

Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
What is Yoga Nidra of Swami Rama?

Also, the description of Ken Wilber's Constant Consciousness is not refering to Witnessing presence, isn't it?
What Ken Wilber said is the witnessing state of dreamless yoga - nidra yoga. SmileThusness:

Originally posted by JonLS:
Hi AnEternalNow,

That is an absolutely fantastic quote by Ken Wilbur, I recognize the truth in it, now all that is left is to realize it!
Hi JonLS,

There is Presence but do not attempt to sustain the 'Witnessing', this is attempting to hold on to a "familiar state of being when the conditions of senses are functioning". Allow to be and completely let go. For what is"What Is" when the senses are suspended and perceptions, concepts and feelings come to a complete rest? Be Non-dual in dreamless, be non-dual in all 3 states and the energy u experienced will dance vibrantly with bliss to tell that you are on the right path during waking state.

Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
Pure awareness, which I have experienced momentarily and then was gone, is not something that will become a permanent state?
There is continuity but there is no permanent changeless state. This distinction is important because it prevents us from experiencing the 3 most important aspects of our nature -- conditioning momentum, no-self (non-duality) and our emptiness nature.

Edited:
What happen if the luminous clarity of our pristine awareness posses this quantum entanglement characteristic (Emptiness).http://www.boloji.com/buddhism/00119.htm Mr. Green

Thusness:




Pure awareness has no particular state. A permanent state is being cognized out due to the power of the mind to “abstract”. Direct experience requires no such postulation. The permanent state is the 'holding factor' that prevents the experience of the self-liberating nature of the mind. If we were to direct the experience to the manifestation and only the manifestation alone, the beauty of Presence is in its manifold will be experienced. It is needless to hold on to a 'changeless' source. In each moment of the flux, Be; all moments are equally pure, rich and identity-less.

Thusness:





Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
Nathan Gill uploaded these two weeks ago:
Going beyond.

So there's an awareness of this room right now, but what about the unmanifest level?What unmanifest level? Isn't what's appearing enough?
The appearance is merely a pointer to what is beyond Consciousness.

Why do you want to go beyond?

Because that's where all the action is, for creating this manifestation.This manifestation isn't created - it spontaneously appears.

But ultimately there's nothing more important than what is beyond Consciousness.

When there's exclusive identification with the content of awareness, with the story of 'me' as an imagined entity, there's a tendency for the awareness aspect of Consciousness to be objectified as 'the beyond', a state or realm which once attained will offer oneness, lasting peace.But in actuality there is no beyond, nothing to be attained 'ultimately'.There's simply this as it is: simple presence. This is already that 'realm'.Consciousness (awareness and the presently appearing content of awareness) is already one or whole, and when the story of 'me' - of identification - is seen as just a play, a movie, then all pursuit of oneness, all pursuit of the beyond or whatever, quite naturally becomes obsolete.
Yes and very well said.
There is no beyond and therefore there is no "ultimate unchanging state".

Thusness:
Originally posted by longchen:
Insight is also very important... perhaps even more important than Jhana attainments. My point is... with the proper understanding and practice... realisations and progress along the enlightenment path is shorter than one usually expect. Certainly it is less than one kalpa Mr. Green
Indeed. Very true.

One of the major pitfall is in reading up and absorbing all kinds of informations, regardless of whether they are from religious sources or not. It must be understood that many informations maybe culturally bias. Even if the informations are true, those realised masters wrote from a state that is different from the average readers'. As such, these readers conjure up 'imaginations' and 'speculation' that impede progress. Yes, speculations impede progress. In fact, they are what constitute most of my obstacles.... I spend more time unlearning them instead Mr. Green


These are my experiences and I hope this is helpful.
Yes and very sincere advise. Very true in every sentence. Thank you. Smile

Thusness:

Originally posted by Isis:
i'm thinking of attaining first or/and second jhana then switch to insight...
to cultivate my mind to be more stable.

My mind is actually quite restless...
Yes Isis, more on the calmness. The key is not to dwell into "content". When "content" arises, develop the mental habit of letting go. Problems will only come when you entertain the content (including dealing with angry ppl).

Good Luck. Smile


Thusness:

Lastly JonLS,

Don't think linear and don't limit our nature to locality. All are artificial boundaries. The momentum has ‘conditioned’ our intrinsic nature the ‘physical limitations’, a boxed-up experience. A moment of manifestation need not be so; our emptiness nature is non-local.
Thusness:

Originally posted by longchen:
I am aware of the impulse that Adyashanti talks about. In the past, i identified it as the oversoul.

One of my teacher taught me a way to surface and bring it's 'content' into the conscious mind via a type of meditation.

This aspect seeks to evolve and seek 'fulfillment'...but its 'outward externalisation' becomes the 'sense of self or ego'. This very impulse is our deep subconscious mind that most of us are not aware of.

In my opinion only... (so pl don't take it too seriously)... is that this impulse must be seen for what it truly is. To me, it is the very root of our rebirth cycle. Because, to me, the impulse creates a continous movement via desire... if it is not 'seen' for what it is. All of us wants to be happy and live better life... this is the momentum of that impulse... but in ignorance... it creates the constantly seeking 'self'.Perhaps, it is this constant seeking for fulfillment that cause the rebirth... for we all feels that the rebirth can fulfill some of our desires.
Yes. Ignorance is a very very very deep form of "knowing" but dualistic knowing. "Knowingness" has all implications to Consciousness. Therefore liberation is not by will; only insight liberates. Mr. Green
Thusness:
(commenting on some of Suzanne Segal's descriptions) If someone draws a line in the thin air and is able to plant a seed into a lay person’s inmost consciousness that “he can’t go beyond this line”, that lay person will feel that the so called ‘imaginary’ boundary is as solid as a physical wall. The way we are ‘bonded’ to dualistic view of a ‘Self’ is similar. A strong sense of Witnessing Presence without going beyond that "invisible line" is not the experience of “no-self” in Buddhism and therefore I would not call her experience an “insight” into no-self. The negative experiences she had seem more like very strong ‘self/Self’ propensities, it is a form of split, a separation.

Staying in no-self is to be fully authenticated by all things and as all things. Fear arises because of this lack of authentication. She sank too deeply into the 'content'. This is the case of "dark nights" where propensities rushed into manifestations. Her attempt to reason herself out will not work. Logical reasoning cannot break that 'bond' and she just couldn't help reacting to it.
One way out is to practice and develop the mental habit of "dissolving" every moment before "content" arise. The mental habit of dissolving will become a strength of it own to counter this problem.

In true no-self experience, the first aspect is the cognitive mind loses its charm and is replaced with intuitive and direct experience. Only the qualities of our nature are experienced (clarity, radiance, presence and vitality), nothing about symbols, labels and content. Second, the illusionary view of a "Self' on top of manifestation is dissolved; There is complete rest in appearance. Nothing needs be done and therefore there can only be the experience of liberation as that boundary, that separation disappeared. Nothing is obstructing anything in the experience of no-self.

Edited by Thusness 25 Jan `07, 11:57PM


Thusness:
There are many repetitions and buddhist jargons. Don't get bored Mr. Green
First 2 chapters of lankavatara sutra:http://www.beezone.com/lankavatara.html

There is one version that gives short but quite good commentary. I supposed the the website is down but a cache version can be found at the following url:http://72.14.235.104/search?q=cache:YL6edRjUdtQJ:www.buddhistinformation.com/lankavatara_sutra.htm+lankavatara+sutra&hl=en&gl=sg&ct=clnk&cd=1


Thusness:
Yes JonLS.

Perception is formed when identification is made and a moment of experience is being assigned a label. Consciousness becomes a stream of perceptions.

In a state of continuous bare experience, neither is there an external world out there nor an internal world in here taking place within consciousness. Without symbols, there is no layering and nothing to divide. In direct experience, everything is really it!

However there is another aspect of consciousness, it is its incessant habit of recording. This aspect has profound implication on our daily experiences. Even after the experience of no-self, a mind is not free from the imprints of ‘physical limitations’. Just like science needs highly precise equipment to penetrate and understand the quantum behavior of sub-atomic particles, sharp and deep clarity is necessary to experience “out-of-the-box” of our emptiness nature, the propensities must subside to a great degree.

To have a full picture of pure pristine nature, the luminous radiance, the workings of propensities and our emptiness nature must all be experienced. Smile

Thusness:
Wow….i missed this part (see: http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.sg/2009/04/net-of-indra.html). I read it a few items. It is really very very good. Superb!

Thusness:

Originally posted by JonLS:
An innocent mind

In the sense of original innocence and original sin, an innocent mind is one which is quiescent (quiet, still, surrendered).

This means that the mind is no longer searching for it's true nature.

It is no longer making efforts to "know" or "understand" something.

Instead, there is resting in one's true nature, in being.

This is about letting go of the need to know.

And trusting.

And just being.

True freedom lies in surrender and acceptance.
To find one that can completely surrender and totally be is extremely rare. Not even one in millions. Yet in deep sleep, all has to let go. How can one be denied such a precious state of beingness.

For a person that has experienced no-self (non-duality), deep sleep is even more important. It is the completion of a full cycle of non-duality and natural beingness.

But this may not be the case for one that clings to the "Eternal Witnessing". There is a very subtle holding in them for maintaining this witnessing subconciously thereby denying them from naturally going into deep sleep. If it reaches a point that presents itself as a problem, it is a signal to the practitioner that it is time to let go and dissolve the holding of the Witness, the center. It will be tough to simply try just "let go" of the center and if this is the case, an insight into our "emptiness nature" may help.

Only after going through a full cycle of natural non-duality and beingness in all three states will a practitioner sleep be shortened. I called this the second cycle of non-duality.
Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
Hi Thusness,

Thank you for that reply.

There is something else I would like to share with you.

There is an experience that is ongoing.

It involves the center of my being.

The center of my being opens up and an energy comes flooding in (arises).

This energy is pure, it is undifferienciated, it is pure consciousness, pure isness.

It is breaking through the dream of "my life" as a separate "person" in time.

It is pure isness.

Bringing me back to the present moment.

All else is just appearance.

All else is just a dream, just manifestation.

Do you recognize what I am saying?
Yes JonLS, I know what you meant. It is also this vitality aspect of Presence that took over the main role during deep sleep. For me it has been ongoing till now, powerfully presence. When the mind is not making interpretations and the pure energy felt directly in its raw state, it is felt as vibrational, continuously dancing. In a pool of saliva, at the back of forehead, at crown center, on top of your head, tongue, all cells seem dancing vibrantly everywhere. It is as if you have touched 'pure life' and brings whatever in contact to life. The 'beingness' is charged powerfully by this vitality. It forms part of the clarity, bliss and joy.It is one of the core aspects of Presence, not just the knowingness. When the aspects of clear knowingness, vitality and self propensityare fused, Presence is shaped and seemed to come from a 'center', that 'center' in actual case it is rather a sensation of a 'mysterious depth', it should not be localized. Drop that ‘center’, allow the flow to arise from the mysterious deep of nowhere, from the beingness of the arising phenomena itself, no attempt is made to sink back to a center; there is no need to; it connects All.

ps: knowingness and vitality cannot be separated, it is for discussion sake that i separate them.

Edited by Thusness 29 Jan `07, 11:48AM


Thusness:
Hi JonLS,

There is nothing wrong with the Isness experienced as “I AM” except that it is skewed towards the ‘thought’ realm. The cognitive mind is overwhelmed by the transcendental experience and wants to monopolize the entirety of Presence. As such the purity is distorted. Full and equal authentication of Isness as experienced in “I AM” must also be fully experienced in all appearance and to all moments of manifestation. When the ‘center’ is dissolved, no preference can be made between “Amness” and Appearances”, nothing can be more clear, All is it!
Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
I know what you are saying here!

I have experienced, for more than a day, the fact that all there was, was the appearance and that's all of it!

It is one complete whole!Mr. Green
Yes! Thusness:
By the way, over the years I have refined the term "naturalness" into "spontaneously arise due to conditions". When condition is, Presence Is. Not bounded within a space-time continuum. It helps to dissolve the centricity. See whether it syncs in you...Mr. Green

Thusness:

Hi JonLS,

Dwell a lil on religion Embarassed :

Since appearance is all there is and appearance is really the source, what gives rise to the diversities of appearances? “Sweetness” of sugar isn’t the “blueness” color of the sky. Same applies to “AMness”…Mr. Green all are equally pure, no one state is purer than the other, only condition differs. Conditions are factors that give appearances their ‘forms’. In Buddhism, pristine awareness and conditions are inseparable.

Although there is non-dual in Advaita and no-self in Buddhism, Advaita rest in an “Ultimate Background” (making it dualistic Question ), whereas Buddhism eliminates the background completely and rest in the emptiness nature of phenomena; arising and ceasing is where pristine awareness is. In Buddhism, there is no eternality, only timeless continuity (timeless as in vividness in present moment but change and continue like a wave pattern). There is no changing thing, only change.



Thusness:
Originally posted by longchen:
This is really good. Sure spell out the different subtle attachments.
It also in a way explain why there can so many different types of mystical or transcendental experiences. All are but the various types of subtle attachments giving rise to different understandings and experiences.

Thanks so much. It is helpful for me
Hi Longchen,

Not only that. This work by Padmasambhava is truly deep and profound; it discloses the self-liberating aspect of our intrinsic nature. It is especially important for you now.

At that time when you posted the thread of non-dual and karmic pattern,http://buddhism.sgforums.com/?action=thread_display&thread_id=225462, the condition is only right for understanding 'the strength of karmic propensities’, as such, this aspect was not disclosed. Instead, the second door of impermanence was introduced and it was introduced with the purpose to complement the no-self experience you had in order to give rise to this insight of “Self-Liberation”. The sole purpose of the practice of the second door of impermanence is for this insight to arise.

I was reading some commentaries about this work, I was disappointed; and with all due respect, I must say it is terribly distorted. The commentator has transformed this great work of Padmasambhava to an Advaita or neo-Advaita teaching. Self Liberating nature of our pristine nature is not to posit naked-awareness as a background where “all thoughts arise and subside’ and the background is not affected by this transient nature of thoughts, it remains constant, changeless and unmoved. ‘Self liberation’ should never be taken to mean this.

There is no Awareness apart from the arising and ceasing of thoughts and yet thought spontaneously arise and subsides in its own accord (self-liberating). It liberates at that very moment of ‘passing away’ (the practice of second door) without the need of effort, simply so. From moment to moment it is so. Thus comes and thus goes. This is its emptiness nature. The emptiness nature liberates instantaneously. By simply so, it is spontaneously self-perfected.

Sentient mind however posit a ‘self’ and holds. Whether the “thought” is good or bad, it attempts to do something to change, whatever direction it goes either good or bad, all is ‘doing’ (karma) and prevents the liberating nature. However without the experience of no-self (Buddhism non-duality not Advaita non-dual), one can never understand this intuitively.

Do read with a reverent heart. Homage to Padmasambhava.


How can you say that you cannot find your own mind?

The mind is just that which is thinking:
(My opinion is it should be translated to “The mind is just the thinking” but I do not have the original text.)

And yet, although you have searched (for the thinker), how can you say that you do not find him?

With respect to this, nowhere does there exist the one who is the cause of (mental) activity.

And yet, since activity exists, how can you say that such activity does not arise?

Since merely allowing (thoughts) to settle into their own condition, without trying to modify them in any way, is sufficient,

How can you say that you are not able to remain in a calm state?

Since allowing (thoughts) to be just as they are, with out trying to do anything about them, is sufficient,

How can you say that you are not able to do anything with regard to them?

Since clarity, awareness, and emptiness are inseparable and are spontaneously self-perfected,

How can you say that nothing is accomplished by your practice?

Since (intrinsic awareness) is self-originated and spontaneously self-perfected without any antecedent causes or conditions,

How can you say that you are not able to accomplish anything by your efforts?

Since the arising of discursive thoughts and their being liberated occur simultaneously,

How can you say that you are unable to apply an antidote?

Since your own immediate awareness is just this,

How can you say that you do not know anything with regard to it?
And

It is certain that all of the diverse characteristics of things are liberated into their own condition,

Like clouds in the atmosphere that are self-originated and self-liberated.

You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.

Thusness:
Originally posted by _wanderer_:
Yup, people talk too much about Dzogchen and conceptualize the non-conceptual. And even "non-conceptual " becomes a concept. And even "conceptualizing the non-conceptual " becomes a concept...so on and so forth.

The more the commentaries make sense, chances are the more distorted they are.
Yes young one. Very true.

P/S AEN: Perhaps I have not expressed myself clearly in the past. I am not having issues with people posting on Dzogchen texts by Guru Padmasambhava. I am only concerned about readers practicing Dzogchen without guidance, or readers who think they know/understand, because it is a Vajrayana pith instruction that requires proper initiation, permission and guidance in the practice.

Furthermore, people would be mistaken to think that Dzogchen is learnt through reading such a text. Dzogchen is not a text, it is a pith instruction, from an authentic teacher, to a qualified student (one of the best qualities of such a student is being someone like a perfect idiot), under the appropriate circumstances.

In the stories of past enlightened masters, some of them gave Dzogchen instructions just by bringing the student out to the field to look at the stars and not saying anything. After that, the master just said, "This is it". That's all. That's the instruction.
Your concern is most valid.

In actual fact, Dzogchen is not at all necessary for enlightenment. The View of the 4 Dharma Seals, and the Meditation of Shamatha & Vipassana are the most fundamental and reliable methods of attaining enlightenment.
This is most valuable.

Finally, since we all have the merits to hear about the word "Dzogchen" and seems like so many people are so fascinated by, inspired by, or aspire towards Dzogchen, here is a video link for you, by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on Dzogchen. It may delight you, it may disappoint you. Just know that whatever arises or ceases are but fleeting illusions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7BP-RDJspM&mode=related&search=
Thank you for the site.
Thusness:
Originally posted by longchen:
I do find the impermanence door very helpful. No-self is easier for me to be now... however the self-liberation aspect is still quite tricky. ..for me.
Yes, let the understanding takes its own course. It is similar to the case of non-dual where there is a sudden 'insight' that there is really no-self and a sudden expansion of releasing takes place on its own accord.

In fact practice now becomes moment to moment of meeting conditions and let arise of whatever outcome. There is no choosing and grasping. The 'self-liberation is deeply felt and thoroughly understood, not just a glimpse of the truth. I am still far from that. It is a path for those with utmost sincerity. Not as excuse to laze idle.


It is like what i have said before there is various depths to non-duality. There appears to be 2 distinct 'levels' of non-duality...to me.

In the first level, mental thoughts are still quite active. Here thoughts arises but there is no thinker. Here no subject-object split is clearly understood.
At this level there is the ‘insight’ of no-self but momentum continues. However momentum stops being re-enforced.

And there is another distinct level that mental thoughts loses it attraction all together. In this level, there feels like cognitions have been de-constructed.
There are several reasons:

1. Here most of the propensities that resulted from holding to the illusion view of a background begin to subside.

2. When background subsides, Natural awareness takes place and there is natural tendency to feel everything directly, the burden is being more equally distributed to the rest of the five senses instead of being skewed to just ‘thinking’ alone.

3. A subtle “insight” is about to take place or has already taken place. It is the ‘insight” that ‘content’ is the problem of all problems. It is what that conjured out all sorts of illusions, fears and worries.

4. The practice of the second door is gaining strength at the pre-conscious level.


This is a blissful level and it feels like resting on 'nothing'.
It is resting on ‘nothing of content’ but it is resting on ‘peace, clarity, blissfulness, vitality’. Here focus is gradually shifting from "content" of the mind to "qualities" of the mind. The qualities of mind has nothing to do with "content".

But without the first level non-duality, the second level cannot be moved into.
This need not be the case. The first level of ‘insight’ is more important from my point of view. It is what that leads to Oneness. A person that practices mindfulness may enter the second level u mentioned without first having that ‘non-dual’ insight of the first level, this in fact has been my case for many years. It is due to the ability to sustain for a prolong period of bare attention or non-conceptuality. The understanding of no-self here can still remain as 'no-personal self' or as a form of mirror bright clarity that is free of labels but the mirror still exist in a dualistic form. In the second level, the sense of ego diminishes but the attachment of a background is still strong and insight into "non-dual" has not really aroused.
Edited by Thusness 31 Jan `07, 9:33PM


Thusness:
Originally posted by longchen:
Hi Thusness,

Wow... your explanation is so clear. Thanks so much

Indeed, i am beginning to realise that 'content' is a problem. And to be free of it's grasp is so good.
Yes! But too instense practice can have its adverse effect too....hehehe ...stay away from it for a while and after some time, it seems to become natural and everything becomes let be before even 'content' arises
Thusness:
Originally posted by longchen:
Reading the news nowadays about global warming and its effects, sets me pondering...

Global warming and Earth changes perhaps are our collective karmas.

I think we must seriously do our part in reducing the effects... like use less aircon, etc. All of us are guilty of it. Embarassed

I forsee a future that may not be as comfortable or luxurious as we wanted to be... as we live the collective karmic effect of humanity's action.

I alway believe that we humans are not that special and are not the centre attraction of this planet. If we don't wake up, nature will sobber us through its brute power. We always think that science and inventions are so all powerful... but we have greatly underestimated the complexity of co-habitating with the rest of the planet.

Sorry for the preaching...
Hi Longchen,

I don’t think you are preaching; your message is timely; the weather is getting so erratic. It is quite alarming to realize that at the rate we are consuming the earth resources, it may only last for another few hundred years. It won’t take long for us to destroy our own habitats and that, is just few generation away; although we may not live to see the disastrous, we have to think a little for the future generations. We are abusing the natural systems.

I believe many are not aware of the harm and educations do play a role. Prior to taking environmental science decades back, I had absolutely no idea about the impact and consequences of pollutions. The idea that ‘resources will come to an end’ never existed.

Even with adequate education, developing nations are so helpless due to their poverty. Developed nations lure these nations into commitments. I shall not dwell deeper into it but the rapid disappearance of forests in many parts of the world is what caused the extra half carbon dioxide to be added to the atmosphere. Reducing the CO2 emissions is not just getting rid of CFCs, land use change is a major issue.

Locally, a taxation policy driven towards pro-green policies may help. At present the economic penalties are so small that it hardly drives people away from the demand of CFC sources. Internationally certain sorts of agreements are also necessary for nations to adhere to policies that will slow down greenhouse gases emission. Global warming is an international issue, If China, for example, continues to double their coal consumption every decade, it would do little help even all other countries put in effort.

Lastly we must be careful of futuristic renewable energy. I think very soon the world will turn to nuclear as an alternative source of energy. Is using nuclear is viable solution? I hope we are not replacing “flu with cancer”. I hope we do not replace ecological insecurity with nuclear threat. Neutral


Thusness:

Originally posted by JonLS:
Is global warming really a problem?

Or are we all under the hypnotic illusion of a collective thought called "global warming"?
Even the enlightened respects all illusions.

Thusness:

Originally posted by AndrewPKYap:
and recognising also that some people that claim to be in front of you are in reality, way behind or not even walking the same path!
On the aspect of grounding to reality, you did a great job. It is also good to stress on taking up personality and be this or that, in reality nothing can be deviated, not even for a moment. Nevertheless, an innocent and sincere mind to share one's experience is most crucial for all practitioners, not to take it to heart.

Thusness:

Originally posted by longchen:
Hmmm... although i have fully understood that existence is non-dual and can at times goes into the bliss of no one, physical pain still hurts like hell.

I think we should not negate pain and suffering. For those who have suffered losses in the recent floods, the pain is real.

The subject-object split is false... but the pain created
by causes and conditions is real.
And that is what non-dual is all about. There is no-self to obstruct the experience, it is as real and as clear as it can be.

Side Message:
The deep dreamless sleep is a very precious state of being, a natural samadhi of its own, a measure of accomplishment in the first complete cycle of non-dual. If conditions are understood along with our pristine nature, all 3 states flow as a single whole.


Thusness:

The intent of the post was not to negate anything. But to affirm that nothing is known, nothing is believed.
I know Mr. Green


All I can really say is "I don't know if it's real or not".
It is this that I am referring. Not knowing should not immobilize "knowingness".


There is a complete "not knowing" which feels like an emptyness in the mind.
No thoughts or beliefs that are being grasped.
“Knowingness” has no mine or I; a clarity is merely clarity of ‘what is’. “I do not know whether JonLS is at the other side responding” is also buying “into content” to ascertain an “I-cognition” experience. Just be authenticated that “knowingness knows” and always so. Other than that is meddling of content to disturb that clarity. Mr. Green

Thusness:

Originally posted by AndrewPKYap:
I am therefore "I say" and I can say or explain because "I understand". I understand because I am.

"I understand" does not mean that "I am".

That is to say, I can "say" and explain all I want and help another to understand, but even if the other person understands it, he is still not "it".

He cannot say "I am"; he can only say "I understand". For another person to come to the point where he will be able to say ""I am", I do not just understand"; he needs to practice.

This is crucial for practitioners to know. In other words, the knowledge must transform you or it will forever be head knowledge. The internet is good when in your practice, you encounter questions. The answers that make sense, you will be to use to help you in your practice. You still need to practice.
The pure sense of existence, that "I AM", though vividly clear relates only to the thought realm. This is what I can say for now. Happy journey.
Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
This sounds very good to me.

Are you saying that "not knowing" is part of the "I-cognition"?

They appear to be on the same level to me, the level of form, of thought. (of needing to know) (of grasping)
Yes. The "I do not know" is a part of the "I-cognition", it is still thought acting upon itself to establish a dualistic fact. It is not the form of "knowingness" that you experienced in "I AM". That experience is "contentless", be free from a background. forget about the source and touch the heart of every arising directly.

Thusness:



Originally posted by longchen:
I still have some way to go. I am no way near what that you have described.
You are humble. Smile


Thusness:
Originally posted by An Eternal Now:

So there are countless universes and each is interlinked. It is not in the form of a subjective and objective world. Now if we say you drop something, it is being reflected in all, and that is what Master Tu Shun is saying. "I do not know how you feel" is subjective and objective division. According to Master Tu Shun, there is no difference. It is a reflection in you and in all, no difference at all. "I feel" and "you feel" are all nodes reflecting. There are nodes, but knowing is true. Wink
Yes!
ps: Though so, it is still a model.


Thusness:

Originally posted by Isis:
I was meditating and my right leg started to ach. I had then focused on the unpleasant feeling.The funny thing is that the pain went away and disappeared as if it is not there in the first place.
Your focusing and willingness to face the unpleasant feeling eliminate unnecessary resistance and that helps your brain and body to adjust more readily to the unpleasantness. The pain is no more there not because of your focusing, it will subside even if you did not focus on it; it subsides naturally when the body adapts to it.

Secondly, my breathe become shorter and faster as the meditation coming to an end. I thought i couldn't control my breathing but I was still rather awared of the surrounding.
Think it is due to expecation that the meditation is coming to an end. You await the meditation to end subconsciously... Mr. Green
Thusness:
Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
Sadly, Ian Stevenson has passed away. This link provides a useful overview of the man and his research into children's past lives....http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/10/AR2007021001393.html?nav=hcmodule
This is sad
I respected him so much.

amtf.

Thusness:
Originally posted by longchen:
Our existence has ALWAYS been non dual. There is NEVER a moment that one is out of non-duality.

It is just that when thoughts are grasped... a 'self' is experienced... creating the perception of observer and the being observered.

There is really no entering into non-duality or getting out of it. Every moment is non-dual... but less grasping makes it more obvious...
Yes it is a seal. A dharma seal in buddhism. Happy Chinese New Year. Smile

Thusness:

Originally posted by JonLS:
So to all of you I would say, if you are seeking, it's that very seeking that is hiding the fact that you have arrived!!!

You have arrived because you never left.

As Tony Parsons says: "Liberation Is".
Even the damn monkey told the leopard the truth, the leopard will still run away!

Even the truth of non-seeking is told, the seeking continues without a seeker.

For both cases, the "Self/self' prevents the seeing. Mr. Green


Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
If you are seeking, it is the seeking itself you should be looking at.

Are you totally identified with "seeking"?

Are you a "seeker"?

What would you be without "the search".

I could tell you to drop the search.
But I know you won't because you're much too busy seeking.
Maybe changed it to:

But I know you can't because you couldn't help it. Mr. Green

Before the arising of non-dual (anatta) insight, non-seeking is still seeking.

Thusness:

Yes the description of non-dual is very good but read with care. Here are my 2 cents.
Smile

Many friends and family have been after me for some time to write about my experience and understanding of this topic. I have hesitated to write about it not because enlightenment itself is so hard to describe, but because enlightenment tends to make one quite lazy. Before my change I was a busy beaver, reading and writing and playing music and sports and really actively getting out there. But after “the change” as I call it, there was a clear vision of how silly all this activity was and how much incredible effort is required to perform it.
The first level non-dual will normally result in this and knowing such danger, the seven factors of enlightenment are outlined to serve as a guide so that we would not fall prey to our own karmic propensities and misinterpreted non-action as lazing around after the initial experience of non-duality.

After about three years of this I had my first experience of “nonduality” as it is called. I had just read a passage in Ken Wilber’s “The Spectrum of Consciousness” where he points out that ordinary awareness is ultimate awareness. This struck a chord in me, I set the book down and stared at a paper that was sitting on the table in front of me, after about a minute or two an exciting and frightening thing happened, I disappeared! By that I mean the middle fell right out of the equation. Normally there would be Steve over here looking at the paper on the desk over there, now there was only the experience, "paper" but no Steve over here seeing it. It was clear that the middle that normally separated the paper from Steve did not really exist, there was only the experience, "paper."

Now let me try to make this more clear by giving an illustration.

Imagine as clearly as you can that you enter a large house that you have never been in before. You feel strange and kind of scared, there is furniture and drapes but no people. You wander around feeling the creepiness of being alone in this big house. You go from room to room not knowing what you will find. You start to get nervous and a little fearful being alone in this big house. You wonder how long it has been empty like this. In time the sense of the bigness and emptiness of the house starts to weigh heavily on your nerves. Finally, when you can not stand it any longer a shocking realization occurs to you, your not there either! Only the experience, "house" exists.

This is how nonduality feels and is the real truth of existence. Remember the question, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" Now you know the answer.

You see, with enlightenment comes the knowledge that even though there is much activity in the world, there are no doers. The universe is in a sense, lifeless. There is no one, only happenings and the experience of happenings. Enlightenment reveals that the universe emerges spontaneously.
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Now lets summarize so far, the universe is perfect, no one exists, yet the experience "universe" persists. How can this be? Consciousness. Consciousness is aware. If it were not, then there would be no universe. The very nature of existence implies consciousness. One can not exist without the other.

There can never be a universe that does not involve consciousness. There are no universes or dimensions where there is no consciousness. Matter and form would never arise without consciousness. Universe/Consciousness, Mind/Matter, Wave/Particle, call it what you will, the reality is that the manifestation, the very appearance we call the universe, is consciousness.

Now don't mistake me here, there is no observer. There are no persons in existence experiencing the universe, but more than that there is no Ultimate Person, God, Mind, or anything else observing the universe. There is only the experience of the universe being there with no experiencer.

This seems like a paradox but who cares, this is the way it is. Experience "is," that is all, that is the way the universe is, an experience by no one. The universe spontaneously arises out of consciousness yet at the same time is itself consciousness. We must lose the idea of matter being observed by something we call consciousness, that is not true. Some teachers talk of the Witness, the ultimate passive mind that observes all things moment to moment. This implies some level of separation, a witness over here watching the universe over there. It's not like this, there is only the experience, universe. There is no observer. Even if there were no manifestation the feeling would be the same. Once again let me make this clear: consciousness is not aware "of" the universe, consciousness is aware "as" the universe.

Now don't mistake that last sentence. Don't think, "Oh yeah Steve, I get it now, consciousness is not aware of the universe from a vantage point separate from it, like a disembodied soul, consciousness is instead aware of the universe as one of the billions of beings in it, like man, or dog, or fish." No! Such thoughts are false. When I say consciousness is aware "as" the universe I mean the very act of existence is consciousness. A carrot is itself consciousness, is itself awareness. There is not carrot aware of itself as carrot nor disembodied invisible consciousness aware of carrot as carrot, there is only the experience "carrot" and that is consciousness and that is enlightenment. There is no observer.
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Enlightenment is the feeling/knowing that no one exists including you and that everything that happens does so spontaneously and perfectly. Enlightenment is the feeling/knowing that what exists is Universe/Consciousness, they are the same, U=C. Existence is itself consciousness and that is why there is something rather than nothing. This is the real state of things and because it is so natural, so simple and so obvious, we miss it daily.
Describe very well the experience of non-duality!

Thusness:



People meditate today because it is popular or because they want to have a mystical experience or just relax. The latter reason may actually be the most legitimate for the average person. But no one I know says they meditate because they are deliberately engaging in an actless act, or attempting to resolve a false sense of being into a beingless existence. And of the many meditators out there, I suspect that the majority would be shocked if I told them the guy flipping them off in traffic is more enlightened than they.

The point I'm trying to make and have been trying to make is that enlightenment is so natural and so easy that any attempt at deliberate practice towards it will get you farther from it, yet paradoxically, you have never once not been enlightened and no matter how strained and deliberate your efforts towards it, you never once acted!
This is an overstatement. Meditation can only be deemed unnecessary when a practitioner has completely dissolved the illusionary view of a self. If a person is able to totally dissolve the self in his first experience of non-duality, he is either the cream of the crop among the enlightened… or he is overwhelmed and got carried away by the non-dual experience. More often than not the latter is more likely. It is a pity if a person has experienced non-duality and yet is ignorance of the strength of his karmic propensities. Just be truthful and practice with a sincere heart, it will not be difficult to discover the deeper layer of consciousness and experience the workings of karmic momentum from moment to moment.

Having said so, it is also true that there will come a time when sitting meditation is deemed redundant and that is when the self liberation aspect of our nature is fully experienced. By then one would be completely fearless, crystal clear and non-attached. The practice of the 2 doors of no-self and impermanence will prepare us for the true insight of the spontaneous and self liberating aspect of our nature to arise.


To make it more clear, stuff is happening but no one is doing it. Emergence proceeds and consciousness is aware. The unawake person, the person that doesn’t know what's going on believes that they are acting, that the human them exists. The reality is, the body exists, the thoughts exist, the memories exist and that is consciousness and that is all.
Manifestations/Appearances are all consciousness. Consciousness is experienced directly but not the “nature” of consciousness. The nature of consciousness is empty.
Thusness:
Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
Some comments... Regarding David Loy's book "Non Duality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy", Thusness says This a very good book. correctly describe what non-duality is and how vedanta and buddhism can come together as one."

However he also said that the implications of failure to understand Emptiness and Dependent Origination intuitively will lead to being stuck at early-middle stages of non-dual experience, but one may fail to understand the emptiness nature of non duality and how spontaneous manifestation arise.. and other systems of contemplation outside Buddhism may neglect this aspect.

Perhaps Thusness would like to comment...
Ai Yooh...

Don’t get the idea that I know anything about self liberating aspect of our nature. What I meant is we have underestimated the implications and impacts of ‘the sense of Self’ can have on the quality of non-dual experience. There is no division in non duality, there is only the 'sense of self' that prevents one from fully experiencing our nature.

Forms are merely that ‘thingness’ and that ‘thingness’ is tightly bonded by propensities. It is these propensities that create and give the solidness and boundaries but in reality, it is empty. We mistaken these ‘thingness’ as real, material as real and not know that what is real is empty, unborn, uncreated, without a center and non local. This is taking the illusionary as real. It is easy to understand what that is being said in terms of knowledge, but to understand dissolution of ‘thingness’ as a bond from intuitive experience is entirely different. The quality of a non-dual experience will be greatly enhanced when:

1. That ‘thingness’ of ‘Self as background’, as container is eliminated. There is only one, not two. Thoughts and perceptions continue to hover but the background is gone.

2. That ‘thingness’ of ‘Body’ is eliminated. Thoughts and perceptions reduced tremendously. The background is clearly gone, the body is also gone. The ‘thingness’ in the inmost consciousness is greatly loosen. This is the experience of crystal transparency without a center, not only without a who, there is also no where. There is crystal clarity, realness in phenomenal manifestation.

3. That ‘thingness’ as subtle personalities of beginningless past is eliminated.

There can be no compromised for the dissolution on 'the sense of self'.

It is good to learn something about self-liberating aspect of our nature from this David Loy article and he did outline some important points. However we should not be misled to think that we have understood the gist of self-liberation. I have many times emphasized that self-liberating aspect of our nature is easily and mostly misunderstood. A person who cannot feel the ‘strength’ of these bonds cannot be said to know what consciousness is all about from a practitioner point of view, much less self-liberation. I must emphasize that if one has not eliminated the bond level 1 and 2, there is no way he can understand what self-liberation is all about. After bond level 1 and 2 are stabilized, non-locality aspects of our nature will somehow manifest. It is also due to the manifestation of these non-local qualities of our nature that help clear some very subtle propensities, without these non-local experiences, breaking and loosening these propensities can be difficult.

Normally self-liberated aspect of our nature is disclosed by fully enlightened sages as they really seen the truth of their nature, unborn, uncreated and lucidly clear. There are people of great caliber, great bodhisattvas taking birth will little propensities and bonds, cream of the crops among the enlightened, these people after the initial non-dual experience due their lack of attachments are able to attained fearless Samadhi and transformed consciousness into wisdom immediately. For propensities are the results of subtle attachments and without attachments, all is realized at once. But it is not for everyone. So without attachments, we are already liberated!

But for normal lays like us, we cannot truly understand self liberating aspect of our nature when we are still slave to our own attachments and preys of our own karmic propensities. We can’t even move one step away from the 3 bonds stated above that create the sense of self. Delegate time to practice hard; have enough quality time to experience the non-duality during meditation (walking, standing or sitting), otherwise it would be just empty talks.


Thusness
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Originally posted by JonLS:
Before I was involved in a story of becoming, of needing to know, of needing something other than what is arising in this present moment.

But now I realize that, in my essence, I am this present moment including the emptiness out of which it arises and all appearances also.

It all emanates somewhere from within my gut area.
'Now' is an impression. 'Here' is an impression. The 'place where it emanates' is also an impression. If we attempt to find a 'where', we are reacting to our dualistic momentum. This will create a 'split' and the sense of self will arise.

Isness is the vivid and crystal clarity of a moment of phenomenal manifestation. It is awareness as 'things' and awareness as 'forms'. All of what awareness is, is the phenomenal manifestation right there and then and it subsides instantaneously. If the 'sense of self' as a background, as body and as momentum hasn't dissolved thoroughly, there will be vagueness in the experience of Isness and the timelessness of an instant will not be appreciated.


Thusness:

Originally posted by JonLS:

My own experience is that I've found that the Isness of the present moment is It.

There is nothing needed beyond this.

Rest in just "this".

I open myself up to the vastness that is this present moment.
Yes there is no beyond and everything is merely 'This'. When we tok about awareness it has to be only One, this is what Awareness is and it has to be so, non-dual by nature. Therefore opening up is to give up all and everything relating to 'self'. No-self and just 'the everything', clarity and Self is an inverse relationship. The mathematical formula for it:

Clarity = 1/Self
 Mr. Green

Thusness:

Many advaita masters have advised ppl to experience the 'Self' but the essence of liberation is not in experiencing the ‘Self’. One can experience the “I AMness”, the pure sense of existence a million times yet does not help in any aspect of enlightenment regardless of how mystical and transcendental the experience can be.

More harms are done if such experience enhanced our dualistic thought. In fact the wrong conclusion that awareness is a changeless, permanent entity is the result of distorting a non-dual experience due to the inability of our mind to go beyond its habitual dualistic thinking mechanism. When the dualistic mind attempts to understand this experience, it projects this ‘Self’ as the background to fit the non-dual experience into its dualistic framework. Such experience cannot lead to liberation because it is dualistic in nature. Any form of separation is non-liberating.

Therefore emphasis must be placed correctly on the 'no-self' aspect of awareness. Awareness is by nature non-dual. Being non-dual it is impermanent, ceaselessly and spontaneously manifesting as All. This is the clarity that must come from direct experience. There is no compromise regarding these aspects of our pristine nature. It must be thoroughly clear to experience the self-liberating nature of awareness.

Thusness:
Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
http://www.dreamdatum.com/nondual-experience.html

How is Non-duality like?
Yes the non-dual article longchen wrote is of very good quality. Unfortunately not all can appreciate the essence of it.


Thusness:


Originally posted by Isis:
Mmm when i was listening to Avril Lavigne - Keep Holding On, a thought stuck into me.. im wondering.. when the karmic condition is right, it is okay and something even beneficial to hold on to something?

But we all know that things and karmic conditions changes and before we realise that the condition is there for us to let go... so if we still hold on to it.. it becomes an [b]attachment
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so this is how attachment came about...

All sorts of attachment to pain ( as in u can't forget the things that they have done or someone ), pleasures ( ur fav pastimes ) all distracted the mind from living in the present moment.

I find out it is very true.. esp when im mugging now for the exam.. im attached to utube now. Give me some pleasures but ultimately fleeting

Cool

eh sorry AEN, i re-edit it before reading ur posting..[/b]
IMO and from a spiritual practice point of view, any form of holdings is pain.

Many times attachments are not obvious and we never realized how strong our attachments are until we are hit by crisis. This is what I experienced during financial crisis in 1997. Before that I thought I was not that attached to $$$ but when threaten by bankruptcy all sort of thoughts arose, including very evil ones. Embarassed

To live in present moment from a practice perspective is to be in naked awareness, where awareness is completely clear, non-dual and unmolested. It is not seeking anything and awareness rest in its originality. Putting this mind state into daily activities is known as non-action and does not carry karma and this is the difficult part. This is different from those '1 second manager' sort of concepts that train one to be effective and efficient in achieving goals.

With regards to ur exams and utube example, it is a matter of being focus that requires u to 'jing and ding' in order to concentrate. In this case both are still attachment. If u study with ur best effort yet not affected by the the outcome, you are non-attached. Smile

Thusness:



Originally posted by Isis:
What if u need to hold on such as " to fight sleeplyness".. it couldn't be bad?
It depends on what you meant by “fighting sleepiness”, if genuine conditions for sleep arise, you should sleep. However if you are referring “sleepiness” as a result of unstable and distracted mind then it is one of the five hindrance (sensual desire, ill-will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, doubt.) that should be overcome with right effort of meditation. These hindrances denied us from experiencing the joy of raptures and tranquility.

Where does attachment arises? It is from ignorance -> where the notion of this "self" arises?
This is a very difficult question although it may sound simple. At the face value, attachment is an emotional cling to an object. It is the cause of repeated miseries and in Buddhism it is what that turns the wheel of rebirth. We are attached because of ignorance. We may take ignorance as the inability to see thing as it is, that is, we fail to ‘see’ deep enough the 3 universal characteristics of phenomenal existence.

However if we were to dwell deeper, a more subtle question exists here -- why must the mind be attached at all? why does a lack of insight into the 3 universal characteristics of phenomena resulted in attachment? This also links to your next question of what is ‘Self’ and how does it arise. It is a very complex issue as it links directly to the nature of our pristine awareness.
As a matter of fact, training ourselves to be ‘bare’ in attention in insight meditation is to understand the essence of the seals and our pristine nature. We may wonder why must we be ‘bare’ in attention? Why must one go beyond symbols and why did Padmasambhava teach Self Liberation through ‘seeing’ with 'naked' awareness? Unfortunately, this is a case that cannot be understood through logical deduction. To have real insight into this issue requires an experiential and phenomenological approach.


Thusness:
Originally posted by JonLS:
Hi Thusness,

Thank you for your great replies.

I must admit I don't understand some of what you posted.

But as I was reading your answers I was too peaceful to care.

The point is, I suppose, I would rather just "be" than continue looking for something.
The sensation of Isness 'as it is' is a feeling of clarity. It is an expression that the mind is not adding or subtracting anything from that clarity. But in most cases, Isness is to some extend very much mixed up with thoughts (dualistic). There are varying degree of clarity to this experience of Isness.

There will come a time where the mind/body just dropped completely. There is absolutely no sensation of a background and a body. Then the vividness and clarity is only just the 'things' as the layering that divides disappear.

If the mind/body drop-experience is stabilized, all experiences become shifted to the experience of awareness as 'Forms'. Seeing it as the 'Things', as everything. Experiencing Awareness is the same as experiencing the crystal clarity of 'things'. As long as there is 'things', existence, awareness IS. Awareness, IS and 'Things' are One. If this experience is stabilized, there is really no need to find 'where' it emanates from since everywhere merely IS. If the center is truly gone, emanation is right at the 'sound' heard, there and then. So we felt a ‘center’, a ‘place’, what we are feeling is an impression that is ‘thought-bound’. It is really the feeling of the ‘idea’ in a more subtle form rather than awareness in its nakedness.

Next when the mind is free of definitions and symbols, it loses all its 'quantitative' characteristics. Eternality for example, is not an endless duration from past to future; instead it is right in/at this instant; how deep, beautiful, real and clear it is in this instantaneous moment. All attributes (Realness, Luminosity, Unborn, Uncreated...etc) of Awareness are manifested instantly. How much we know about our pristine Awareness is determined by the quality of this moment of experience. In Buddhism it is what can be experienced in a speck of dust and all these have to do with the thoroughness of dropping the 'Self', every aspect of the 'Self' (as a container, as body, as habitual momentum). Do not place any limit on the experience of 'Isness', there is no depth to it...

Edited by Thusness 16 Apr `07, 9:42AM


Thusness:
Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
A forum friend told me about Russel Targ just now, it's quite interesting how he explains non-locality and links it with these psychic phenomena. He is looking forward to getting the book 'The End of Suffering', which contains many Buddhist teachings as well. Here's an interview with him, it doesnt answer your questions you asked, but anyway thought you might be interested... http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/members/rtarg.htm
I have briefly gone through the book. It is a good read. The author is a reputable scientist as well as an authority in the field of psychical research; a figure powerful enough to thrust conviction in readers of his research theories. I enjoy reading the book very much though it does not have what I want – the missing link between non-duality and non-locality. I also sense that in his attempt to demystify the non-local possibilities, he may have unknowingly relaxed his scientific objectivity so do read with an unbiased mind.
Edited by Thusness 22 Apr `07, 6:10PM

Thusness:
Some Comments:

I think what your master did is to provide a path towards experiencing the ‘nakedness’ of awareness. It is to allow one to have a first glimpse of what awareness is like, i.e, to have a direct experience of awareness as luminous clarity. Here due to our habitual propensities, awareness is most likely experienced like a mirror reflecting phenomenon. It is unlikely that the non-dual nature will be understood.

It will not be obvious that when we talk about awareness, it has to be no-self, that all along, awareness has never been dual. This is its nature. This understanding comes only when the teaching of Dharma has sunk sufficiently deep to create the condition for the arising of this insight or when we have go through hell lot of effort to ‘keep’ this ‘nakedness’ until we realized that there is no way to keep this nakedness unless there is no-self. I must say that it is a process of trial and error and diligent practice. Through this process, there is a gradual understanding of the importance of being ‘effortless’ to have the sustain clarity. The process continues till the ‘Ah Ha’ sort of insight dawn upon us, that truly this has along been the way, that awareness has always been non-dual, there is no-self from start, it is truly a seal.

It should not be a straight jump into the non-dual aspect and the direct experience of 'Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form'. I think to for explanatory purposes, the phases, causes and conditions must be expounded more clearly.


Thusness:


Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
So I think you are putting too much 'FORCE' in concentrating on a static point and blocking out any 'extras'... so some balancing may be needed..
The msn conversation is a topic about efforting leading effortless realisation. Why was not mentioned so that we would not just brush through conversations making it meaningless unless we sincerely want to understand how consciousness works.

Why ‘efforting’ is necessary towards understanding the ‘effortless’?
This is just the way it is when the mind is in a dualistic mode and the reason lies in propensities, another function of consciousness, it creates imprints naturally. A teaching that does not include this aspect is not knowing enough of how consciousness works. Effort always creates imprints unless spontaneity of our nature is experienced due to the dissolution of self. Smile
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Although the world may appear dualistic,

In reality it is all manifestation of the One Awareness.

Even though in essence Awareness never loses its non-dual nature,

We are lost in dualism by the made-belief of our perceptual bond.

What we called understanding, thinking and analysis,

Is nothing more than the busy business of fitting known facts into a dualistic framework.

How we came to see the world as dualistic is astonishing,

It is all due to the amazing reaction of consciousness to symbols.

Not to underestimate the incessant function of consciousness to form imprints upon itself,

This is the amazing power that makes illusions appear real.

It is a magical spell that cannot be broken easily.

-- Thusness
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Place equal importance to this function of consciousness. Smile


Thusness:

Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
Erm.. so are you saying we need to employ effort to create some sort of imprints? What imprints?
No. I am saying we are always creating imprints as long as we are dualistic. This means 'efforting', 'doing' is the way it is as long as there is 'self'. 'Efforting' is like placing anything on a patch of grass that causes a figure being impressed on it. There is no 'why', this is how it is. However don't misinterpreted non-doing as "idling doing nothing", it has to do with the dissolution of 'Self/self' and spontaneity.

Thusness:

Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
I see... so if I'm right here, spontaneity is completely beyond 'reach' of those without insights into non duality right?

Next just to clarify some points of the previous MSN discussion..(10:51 PM) Thusness: when we practice, we are not practicing to attain the ultimate
(10:51 PM) Thusness: there is nothing to attain
(10:52 PM) Thusness: we only attempt to create conditions to experience certain aspect of our pristine awareness
(10:52 PM) Thusness: when we put attention into mindfulness, into 'bare' attention
(10:53 PM) Thusness: 'seeing' bare, we actually give up other aspect of our pristine awareness
(10:53 PM) Thusness: that is the effortless spontaneity
(10:53 PM) Thusness: so when someone teach mindfulness
(10:54 PM) Thusness: he said put in effort to be bare in attention....he is not wrong
(10:54 PM) Thusness: when some one said no no no, gentle effort in being mindfulness and be bare in attention
(10:54 PM) Thusness: he is also not wrong
(10:55 PM) Thusness: for all these paths are truly pathless
(10:55 PM) Thusness: one that think he knows what is pathless doesn't really know.


So bare attention leads to? As you said previously the first glimpse of pristine awareness? Then what about other aspects like you said... what other aspects? There are other forms of practice?
Other aspects includes the effortless spontaneity as mentioned above. Non-locality is another but at present I do not want to go into it.

Thusness:

Originally posted by An Eternal Now:
Ok... but there is no way to 'practise' to 'build the conditions' for spontaneity right? Which comes back to the question you havent answered me "so if I'm right here, spontaneity is completely beyond 'reach' of those without insights into non duality right?"
Gosh...this comes to another one of our discussions, oneness, paradox and polarity. Paradox makes something stands as opposite whereas polarity complement each other. Sometimes giving up itself entirely for the other pole to arise is also Oneness. 

Thusness:

Originally posted by Isis:
i should give up clinging to this sense of self and having no expectation to achieve something and just meditate.. mm am i right?
Hi Isis,

You can treat non-duality as a form of experience without an object and subject split. Experience of non-duality results in bliss or jhanic states. We may enter non-dual mainly through:

1. Concentration
Here object and subject fused into one through the sustain power of concentration. One enters into a state of absorption and samadhi. This is the way of ‘efforting’ that has an entry and exit point. Self is temporary suspended by ‘forget it through absorption’.

2. Wisdom
This is the experience of non-duality through realization and insight. In this case, non-duality is experienced as our nature. It is always so. This is the effortless and spontaneous way. There is no entry and exit at all. All dualism are but ignorance of our non-dual nature. Self is realized as an illusion. There is no self apart from the manifestation.

In both cases, non-duality is all about the dissolution of ‘self/Self’. The sense of self is caused either by:

1. The illusionary view of an agent. The view of ‘I’ or
2. Attachment to objectives and possession, that is, objective action. The view of ‘mine’.

What is said is more on the second aspect but realisation that there is no agent is equally important. Smile

Passerby: « Reply #14 on May 9, 2007, 7:15pm »

Quote (simpo wrote):

Just a sharing...

From my experience, non-duality cannot be 'induced'. It is only the 'sense of a self' that caused the experience of subject-object division. Therefore, there is really no entering into a state of non-duality or getting out of the state. With this realisation, one will not strive for non-dual state... because we are already that state.

Paradoxically, the 'subtle striving' will create an expereince of the 'Witness'. This Witness is also known as the I AM Presence. This is the mind constantly striving to verify the expereince of non-duality. 'I am in Non-duality or not". This is one of the cause of the Witness or I AM presence... it is like there is a desire for the expereince to be recorded. However, in non-duality, there is no two thing... Amazingly the flow of manifestation knows.

After some period, we will also discover that everything is just spontaneously manifesting. This is the expereince of Isness. All is really as it is. This is another major transformation. Basically, it is understood that any modification to the moment as it is ... will be futile. However, this is not a static state. And a person in Isness can appear extraordinarily normal... as there is no modification of behaviour.
regards


Good Stuff!


Passerby: « Reply #15 on May 9, 2007, 7:20pm »

Quote (xabir wrote):


Hi, what I meant by transcending Witness is as Ken Wilber puts it, "at some point, as you inquire into the Witness, and rest in the Witness, the sense of being a Witness “in here” completely vanishes itself, and the Witness turns out to be everything that is witnessed. The causal gives way to the Nondual, and formless mysticism gives way to nondual mysticism. “Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form.” It is the realisation that the Manifestation is the Source, the Witness, they are not separate. Awareness is the words that form on the screen, the sound of typing, that's it.. no static witness behind our experiences, no 'background'.

Transcending Witness and realising Non-Duality is not through effort or will... it is not something 'attained', it is about insights and realisation. What Simpo and Ken Wilber is saying is about a deep realisation of No-Self and Non-Duality... it is the realisation that all along, there never was a self, a doer, a watcher, apart from the moment to moment flow of manifestation... and everything is spontaneously arising. Non-Duality is not a state, it is not just an experience, it is the nature of reality, of all states. At this level it is not subject-object becomes one, it is realising that there never was subject-object separation. This is 'entry' into the pathless with no entry and exit.

Even before this deep insight of non-duality occurs, non-dual experience and total presence can occur time to time, as a form of 'fusing' of subject and object. However this will not last long as the basic ignorance of duality has not been seen through... one will eventually return to the usual dualistic mode of perceiving and then long for another 'unity' experience, which as Simpo says, strengthens the sense of self and duality even more.



Very well said!

Passerby: « Reply #16 on May 9, 2007, 8:57pm »

Some times to retrogress a lil is progress.

Retrogress to improve the degree of clarity, the vividness of the fabric and texture of manifestation. Uncontrived spontaneity is in total clarity and they meet when there is completely no one. 
Passerby: « Reply #18 on May 10, 2007, 8:49am »

Hi Passerby,

Welcome


Thanks.

Quote:

After some period, we will also discover that everything is just spontaneously manifesting. This is the expereince of Isness. All is really as it is. This is another major transformation. Basically, it is understood that any modification to the moment as it is ... will be futile. However, this is not a static state. And a person in Isness can appear extraordinarily normal... as there is no modification of behaviour.


Just for sharing:

'Isness' carries different meanings depending on the conditions that give rise to its realisation. The 'Isness' that you experienced arises out of the conditions of 'no-self' and 'spontaneity'. So much so that when 'sense of self' arises due to karmic propensities at work, nothing needs be done at all, this 'doing nothing' is already the clearing of the karmic patterns -- self-liberates. However it is not the case of Isness that arises out of "I AM". It is similar to the case of discarding meditation...


My 2 cents.



Passerby: « Reply #20 on May 11, 2007, 5:42am »


Hi Passerby

You say......
However it is not the case of Isness that rises out of "I Am"

What Isness rises out of "I Am" ? Thanks.


Isness that arises from “I AM” is a sensation of not wanting to add or subtract anything from present moment but still with a strong sense of object and subject split intact. It is the act of letting things be as it is. However as the experience has not dissolved the subject-object split, there is still a clear separation of “I AM” and object and that
already is not as it is. For in truth reality is always non-dual so when there is a split, it is already not "as it is".



Passerby: « Reply #23 on May 12, 2007, 1:50am »


Thats cool, Thanks Passerby...What you have said here..

This is what I'm understanding now- Thanks
Sometimes I don't understand what I'm feeling.
Then sometimes I do....



The smallest unit of experience is known as a thought moment in buddhism. It is simply a matter of how liberating this moment is. We just have to learn how to lessen our 'efforting that is filled with bonds' and improve clarity of the moment.

Sometimes thinking too much makes us more mechanical and less human. Just let it be according to your own comfort level. We will be happier if we are more flexible, spontaneous and natural if we think lesser.

Passerby: « Reply #31 on May 16, 2007, 12:00pm »

Quote, simpo wrote:

An afterlife also exist in non-duality. Every experience is non-dual. During the transition, there is an opportunity for one to experience 'obvious' non-duality... when the physical mind cease before the afterlife mind quickly comes online. However, it is too short for most people to gain much insight.


Yes whether after or before life, when we talk about awareness, it has to be non-dual. Awareness is by 'nature' so. This is the truth of every experience.

For those that have experienced non-duality, be thorough in being no-one. Be brave to forgo 'the sense of self'. Practice till complete tranparency. Do not be misled by arbitrary thoughts, be simple and direct. Allow full experience of the crystal clarity in the flow of manifestion without the background, the witness. Allow the joy and bliss of naked awareness of no-self to carry us through effortlessly.

I cannot help but to express this joy out...

Passerby: « Reply #34 on May 17, 2007, 9:52pm »

Your joy is shared passerby.

I have disappeared into this transparency feeling of no-self.
Once tasted it is not lost in my experience.
It is a feeling of perfection among no perfection.
Joy and graceful living. However my mind still struggles with this afterlife idea what it means, and what it is, and how do we make sense of it, or how we experience it, I've heard someone saying it is a mind trick.

thanks anyone.

star.


Hi Star,

You have loosen the ‘bond’ of a background, no-self is experienced; but the propensity of ‘attempting to understand through seeing things as object and subject’ is still there. “What it means, what it is, how do we make sense of it’ is a struggle. It is a struggle of the dualistic mind attempting to understand something from measurement and comparisons. This propensity must also be deconstructed until you are so comfortable of being naked in awareness. This mode of gaining knowledge from deduction, induction, measurement and comparison is ‘learnt’, it is not the natural state of awareness. There must be a clear understanding that the depth of spirituality cannot be known through such mode of ‘understanding’. This is also a 'seed' that creates the ‘sense of self’. A unit of experience is ‘blocked’ by all these propensities that we are unable to intuitively know the unborn nature of awareness. It is not a 'mind trick' as what some said although wisdom practitioners do not tok about non-local issues.

Conventionally, to experience non-local aspect of pristine awareness is through concentration. It is the job of concentration. Concentration till one enters into a deep stage of absorption and object-subject becomes one, a state of transcendence. Non-local experiences in such a practice are reached through the power of ‘focus’. So the key towards non-local experiences is absorption and transcendence.

Non-duality on the other hand is a form of realization, a realization that all along there never was a split. Its clarity and level of transcendence come from dissolving the ‘seeds’ that prevents the ‘seeing’. Very seldom we hear people talk about the non-local aspect in the practice of wisdom but non-duality do meet non-locality at the point of transcendence (phase 4). It is some sort of absorption as in the case of concentration but it is more of 'clarity till the point of absorption'. It may sound paradoxical, but this is true. This is the way of wisdom.

There are many layers of consciousness and the truth of non-duality must first sink deep down into the inmost consciousness. It is important to reach the phase of ‘turning point’ as at this phase, the realization of no-self has sunk sufficiently deep into consciousnesses till there is no retreat. Otherwise that joy and experience of no-self will be lost in few months time (This is my experience) and re-surface again until "Emptiness as forms' is deeply experienced. In phase 2-3, non-local experiences may be experienced for some people and mostly with the help of concentration (like asking a question of our past lives) it can be experienced after 6-9 months of practices especially after deeply experiencing ‘Emptiness is Form’. Non-local aspect is triggered at the point of transcendence.

Below is some sort of summary of what I think a insight practitioner will go through. What I outline is far from being authentic, it is just for communicating and sharing purposes.


1. Perception still lingers but there is a clear understanding that there is no-self apart from manifestation. Practice clarity from insight meditation will help. Clarity from all 6 doors – eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, consciousness.

2. Perception is dropped. Mind/body dropped. A very important phase. ‘Body’ is but a ‘mental construct’. When that ‘imprints’ and ‘meanings’ of ‘body’ is dropped, division between inner and outer is gone. All divisions of senses are also gone. All is One Taste. Just Isness. Manifold of presence experienced clearly.

3. Emptiness as Forms and Spontaneous manifestation.
Submerge oneself into spontaneous manifestation yet there is crystal clarity of the texture and fabric of awareness as ‘forms’. Dualistic cognition is replaced by directness, naturalness and spontaneity. Spontaneity, naturalness and flow took over all dualistic perceptions. Conscious, sub-consciousness and unconsciousness function as a whole without division. There is no need to hold on to a conscious knowing; there is no need to understanding anything. Whether one understands is no more important, all knowingness comes from flow of wholeness. There is no attempt to deviate from what is as a whole. Here, there is a danger of skewing towards spontaneity. Not to miss out the luminosity aspect, Emptiness as Forms. These 2 aspects must is one. Luminosity is conscious level and spontaneity is unconscious level, the 2 as one.
True spontaneity is in luminosity. Psychological death is overcome. Turning point.

4. Only one tremendous spontaneous clarity flows, there is no differentiation between what that spins the earth or what that pumps your heart beats or what that makes the plants grow. When you eat an apple, it is the entire universe that eats the apple. Just one whole clarity spontaneity flow. Continual experience of transcendence joy and bliss.

How the 'seeds' bond us is amazing...Ultimately nothing gain!


Good Luck!
Star: « Reply #35 on May 18, 2007, 10:00am

Xsurf thank-you for your info very helpful.

Passerby

Thankyou for your time and your beautiful explanation.
Your input has been a delight to read and has put things
into perspective I understand what you say.
When it is spoken in laymans terms I am able to digest the point.

It's all good stuff and I'm full of joy.
thanks to you all xx

love star


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