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" Zazen je velka cesta, velka stezka. Je to zniceni nazoru, existence a neexistence, zivota, smrti, je to zniceni viry ve vecnost, v zanik. Je to nedualita. To, cemu nas uci zazen, je prava povaha vsech veci. Zazen odtina vsechny nase pochyby. Musime cvicit s velkou radosti. Toto cviceni je hluboke a tajemne, nikdo ho nemuze zmerit. Svetlo zazenu je jako jas slunce. Toto cviceni je nekonecne. "

- Mistr Debailly


"Zazen je nejhlubší odpověď na všechny otázky, které si člověk může položit.“


- Rev. Debailly









Zazen (dhyana) - buddhisticka meditace-koncentrace


Brno


Dódžó Myo ji

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Plzeň




15. července otevíráme nové dojo v Plzni na adrese Němejcova 6.
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Zen dojo Plzeň

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Praha


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Daruma

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Zen-buddhismus v České republice


Škola sótó ( Taisen Deshimaru přenesl praxi zenu v 60.letech do Evropy)

Zazen v česko-japonské společnosti na Můstku

http://www.zazen.cz/

Sangha mistra Kaisena - dojo Praha, Brno, Ostrava

http://www.sotozen.cz/

Sangha mistra Debaillyho

http://www.zen-asociace.cz

Zen Dojo v Plzni

http://www.zendojoplzen.cz/
Máte k tomu co říct? Vložte se do diskuze.
DRZEEF --- 20:17:37 24.5.2020
The Mind of Clear Light

The reason we practice or engage with Dzogchen teachings is so that the "Mind of Clear Light" becomes fully revealed in direct experience. When that occurs all lower levels of consciousness and karmic mind are absent.

The karmic mind/self suddenly transforms into the Mind of Clear Light. A primordial wisdom arises in that moment called rigpa or gnosis. This is the revelation of Ultimate Truth.

The true nature of the karmic mind is itself the Mind of Clear Light. By attention being focused upon the formative characteristics of mentation and consciousness, the karmic mind is maintained along with its endless conceptual constructions and stories.

When instead attention reverts back to the empty aware space from which its arising, the karmic mind reveals its own empty and transparent nature, which is itself the Mind of Clear Light.

Longchenpa shares how to apply these teachings as well:

"The method is directing attention upon attention or awareness. When any arising is experienced, especially thoughts, moods, emotions, or feelings of personal self-identity, one simply notices one’s present naked awareness."

"By directing the attention back to awareness, the arising dissolves back into its origin and its essential nature, awareness."

"In doing this, the arising releases its formative energy in its dissolution as a surge of further clarity of Clear Light, the power (tsal) and potency of awareness (rigpa) that energized the arising in the first place. Hence one’s Awareness presence is enhanced in the collapse of the formative arising. Hence the Dzogchen comment that “the stronger the afflictive emotion upon dissolution, the stronger the enhancement to the clarity of presence."
(Longchenpa quotes from: 'A Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission', Padma Publication)

One of the important insights that will become clear is that all of reality; all perceptions, mental events, feeing/sensations, karmic mind and egoic self are all equally the primordial Mind of Clear Light appearing AS those experiences. Appearances whether as thoughts or perceptions are not appearing "to" the Mind of Clear Light but are themselves the Mind of Clear Light appearing "as" those phenomena.

Work with this in sessions while sitting with your eyes closed. Once some experiences of this become familiar, then add this method below which mechanically does the same thing but enhances the clarity
and insights tremendously:

Opening the Eye of Wisdom

"The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. (From The Sermons of Meister Eckhart)"

I learned this practice from Qassim, my Sufi teacher in Kashmir. When done properly, a powerful state of intuitive awareness arises and perhaps complete enlightenment. Sit quietly on a chair or a cushion on the floor for a few minutes with the eyes closed. Let all thoughts and desires come to stillness. Notice that all thoughts are empty, meaning they have no substance or permanent basis, like empty clouds. Notice that all your stories about everything are also empty. Next notice how your sense of personal self is also just another story based on memories and is, therefore, also empty, like a dream. Notice that the space of your inner awareness is also empty and is the context in which thoughts and stories arise, along with your sense of self. Recognize that you are this changeless empty awareness.

Imagine there is a large single eyeball embedded in the center of your forehead looking outward. It is above the location of the third-eye chakra. It’s quite large and tapers backward on both sides contacting the ears. Once comfortable with that visualization, get the feeling that you don’t have to “imagine” the eye, but rather it has always been there unnoticed.

Just rest as though you are looking into the room through that eye, with your two eyes closed. Remain in this contemplation for at least fifteen minutes at a time and repeat as often as possible. When you notice thoughts, remind yourself that thoughts are empty, stories are empty, and your sense of personal self is empty. Again notice that the space of your inner awareness is also empty and is the context in which all thoughts, stories and sense of self arise.

Recognize that you are this changeless empty awareness.

It is also excellent practice to do this exercise lying on your back when going to sleep. Fall asleep while doing this practice yet maintaining a sense of vivid clarity in the area of your forehead. The results may appear gradually or suddenly. An extremely clear state of transparency that is full of wisdom and insight arises in the area of your forehead. When fully opened, you realize the nature of reality and your true nature. That’s why this eye is called the wisdom eye. Clairvoyance and other extrasensory perceptions may also arise. The wisdom eye is recognized in Kabbalah, Sufism, Tibetan Buddhism, Kundalini Yoga, and Shamanism.

Excerpt from my book: "The Natural Bliss of Being"
DRZEEF --- 19:41:49 24.5.2020
Osvícení je skutečně velká věc, je to trvalý stav, který nikdy nepomíjí.
DRZEEF --- 22:45:27 10.5.2020
The Great Perfection: All is Always Perfect!

Rongzom Pandita (lived 1012 to 1088 a.d.) wrote a very important Dzogchen text called “Entering the Great Way” in which he defends the Dzogchen teachings against various critical competing views. He wrote the text around 300 years before Longchenpa was born. His views do vary from more modern versions of Dzogchen, so his writings offer a window into earliest or original Dzogchen.

Here are some selected quotes from this text:

“All Confused Appearance Is Seen as the Play of Samantabhadra”:

“Concerning the phrase “the play of Samantabhadra”: everything is “all-good” (samantabhadra, kun bzang), because there is nothing at all negative or to be rejected in connection with everything known to beings wandering within saṃsāra, which are confused appearances (’ khrul snang). Since there is not any goal to strive toward and no core point to resolve, since illusion is a state like a game, it is play (līlā, rol pa).”

“Totally unimpeded appearance never strays from Reality (Dharmakaya) and is in fact indivisible from Reality
itself—and thus is an ornament. Given that there is no phenomenon that is not totally perfect (sangs rgyas), everything, because of being the very proof of the Buddha Mind’s deeds, pertains to the nature of greatness.”

“Thereby, one may be described as “abiding in the view of the Great Perfection,” which is the act of simply being divorced from all clinging to views.”

“In attaining meditative absorption (samadhi), clairvoyance is attained. Through mastery of the breath, a luminous maṇḍala emerges.”

“Utter luminosity is such that it is unbearable to gaze upon.”

“All phenomena are resolved to be nondual”

“All phenomena are included within the mind. Therefore, there is nothing knowable outside of the mind.”

“...resolve how the ground of the indivisible Samantabhadra is disclosed spontaneously without effort in the present state because of the greatness that constitutes the fact that everything, everywhere, is at all times already perfect.”

“Given that there is no phenomenon that is not totally perfect..”

Kunje Gyalpo tantra:

“The meaning of 'Perfect' is the following: this Source, self- originated wisdom, pervades all and is totally Perfect in everything, such as beings, their karmic visions, everything encompassed by the universe and its beings, all buddhas of the three times, sentient beings of the six classes in the three realms, and just-that-ness. Thus, the Source is 'Perfect'. “

“The root of all phenomena is All-Creating Pure Perfect Presence. Whatever appears is my nature. The way in which appearances manifest is my magical display. All sounds and words that arise in any way manifest my state as words and sounds. Everything encompassed by the animate and inanimate universe, such as the qualities of the kayas and wisdoms of buddhas and the bodies and karmic tendencies of sentient beings, is primordially the nature of Pure Perfect Presence.”

“When followers of these vehicles, who struggle for three eons, seven lifetimes, six months, one year, or sixteen months, are taught this nature beyond action, they will come to abide in the bliss of self-perfection beyond struggle.”

“In this dimension there does not exist anything that is not perfect. Because there is one perfect, two perfect, and all perfect, activities are bliss as the Perfections. 'One perfect' means that all is perfect in Pure Perfect Presence. 'Two perfect' means that all (conventional) creations of Presence are perfect. 'All perfect' means that all Perfections are perfect. Through this perfect teaching about the one, beings can abide in this knowledge of a Buddha. Through this meaning of total perfection, everything functions as the Perfections. "Whoever abides in this effortless state, even with the body of a god or human, is a buddha in the real condition of knowledge.”

"Everything is naturally perfect just as it is." Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche

"It is perfection of all in that whatever appears is completely perfect."
Longchenpa

The Künjé Gyalpo Tantra says:

"This has nothing about it at all that is not perfect."

The earliest known Dzogchen text:

The Six Vajra Verses

"Although apparent phenomena manifest as diversity yet this diversity is non-dual, and of all the multiplicity of individual things that exist none can be confined in a limited concept.

Staying free from the trap of any attempt to say it's 'like this', or `like that', it becomes clear that all manifested forms are aspects of the infinite formless, and, indivisible from it, are self-perfected.

Seeing that everything is self-perfected from the very beginning, the disease of striving for any achievement comes to an end of its own accord, and just remaining in the natural state as it is, the presence of non-dual contemplation continuously, spontaneously arises."
(Translation by Namkhai Norbu)

The great early Dzogchen master yogi and scholar, Rongzom (1012-1088) wrote; regarding that even if one doesn’t yet see this view of the Great Perfection, the perfection of ALL current phenomena, in direct experience:

“Thus it is not in any way a mistake if one, rather than that, is inclined to approach simply by faith, regarding the scriptures and oral instructions as valid. One will then gain access through trust.”

(Excerpt From
“Establishing Appearances as Divine” by Rongzom, translated
By Heidi I. Koppl)

The very early Dzogchen master Rongzom, says even if one hasn’t seen the perfect nature of all and everything directly, just having faith in this universal perfection, is itself of great benefit.

My point is asking “how would just having and holding the concept that all phenomena, mental states, actions and events are always absolutely “perfect”, influence our state of mind, stress and enjoyment of life?”.

One can find many benefits regarding having a positive attitude for body and mind in the medical literature. But what would an unbreakable conviction regarding the total perfection of all phenomena and experiences do? I would suggest such a view, even if only conceptually held, could be completely transformational in nature.

But through the approach of Dzogchen methodologies when applied, actual experiences of this “total perfection” arise as the non-conceptual, conscious insights of rigpa’s unique wisdoms.

Without this insight into the “total perfection” of all and everything, indestructible joy, the ending of fear, unconditional love and infinite compassion would not be possible.
DRZEEF --- 12:43:13 10.5.2020
"The bottom line of being introduced to mind essence is to recognize that it is empty, cognizant, self-existing, suffused with knowing. That is the true training in recognizing the nature of mind.

The key point, after being introduced and recognizing, is to not do anything to the natural state. We do not have to try to improve upon this empty cognizance, or try to correct it in any particular way that requires effort on our part. In fact, we do not need to do anything to make our mind empty and cognizant. It does not require any job whatsoever. This nondoing itself is the training, and it is the opposite of our usual habit. Simply train in not correcting this empty cognizance, which is our natural state."
Tulku Urgyen
DRZEEF --- 21:09:26 27.4.2020
Read carefully:
“However, as the 8th Karmapa extensively discussed, buddha nature is not just some small core or space that is literally and only located “within” every sentient being. In fact, it is the other way round—our whole existence as sentient beings is in itself the sum of adventitious stains that just float like clouds within the infinite, bright sky of buddha nature, the luminous, open expanse of our mind that has no limits or boundaries. Once these clouds dissolve due to the warm rays of the sun of wisdom shining within this sky, nothing within sentient beings has been freed or improved, but there is just this radiant expanse without any reference points of cloudlike sentient beings or cloud-free Buddhas.“
Karl Brunnholzl
DRZEEF --- 19:30:17 26.4.2020
Thogal theory and Practice

I am writing this as a "quick start" instructional guide that will allow anyone to begin practicing thogal effectively and safely.

Thogal means "over the skull", "over the crest". It actually means to arrive instantly without jumping to get there, like a quantum leap. Thogal practice makes it very easy to experience, know and differentiate rigpa from all other mind states, in its purest form.

Rigpa is our primordial Buddha Mind that is intrinsically perfect, permanently. Because it's permanent, it's always present. But it is not our experience, rather our experience is other coarser states of mind as content, which are appearing within the space of changeless rigpa awareness.

By practicing thogal, rigpa itself becomes its own self-experience. What is experienced is its own penetrating transparency, insightful clarity, wisdoms, and absence of a "me" egoic identity, as well as the absence of the sense of an "external" universe. Eventually the physical body will dissolve into pure Light as the practice comes to perfect fruition.

Thogal focuses on the visual apparatus. That means we use our eyes as our path.

Traditionally we use the sun by looking towards the sun in early morning and late afternoon. One does not look directly at the sun but slightly underneath it or off to the side, and with sun glasses on. I find using one eye at a time works best. One squints so that the ball of the sun is no longer visible but only a diffraction pattern of colored rays and a background tapestry of circles as though similar to looking at a peacock's feather. Within that diffraction pattern you can see little round spheres that may have little circular rings within them as well. At first they may just look like this but completely round: @

They get larger over time with consistent practice. They are called "thigles" in Tibetan. (Pronounced: teeglay)

One then begins to focus on one little sphere by not moving the eyes. You just gaze at it. So do just this much for several sessions. I recommend a safer and easy way to do thogal:

Use your iPhone or similar phone with only the black screen. Hold it down toward your waist, angle it so you can look down and see the reflection of the sun. Squint your eyes until the ball disappears into the light refraction and continue as described above. This allows practicing throughout the day, even at noon. But be sure to wear sun glasses. Between the UV absorption in the phone's black glass and your sun glasses, no harmful UV rays should be entering your eyes. It's only the UV rays that damage the eyes. I recommend 20 minute sessions. 10 minutes with each eye. Start with one session per day and add a session later in the day if desired. But practice everyday. The effects will last and are cumulative.

If sun is not available you can flip the phone around and use the flashlight feature as though looking at the sun, but no sunglasses are necessary. You can also use an ordinary light bulb.

There are specific recommended postures for during thogal practice but I have not found them necessary and Namkhai Norbu stated that once the practice is working the postures are no longer necessary. I have taught dozens of people this approach in my retreats and it works for everyone without exception.

Once you are a little familiar wth the inner landscape and can focus on these thigle spheres easily, then while looking at the spheres ask your self "who or what is doing the looking?". "Where exactly is the observer?" Is there a "someone" looking or is there just empty perception?".

Also from time to time notice the empty space between the thigle and the place from where you are observing. Notice that completely clear and transparent space. Sense that space behind you and all around you and through you.

Also notice your state of inner empty clarity, transparent and vividly awake; from time to time.

Pay less attention to the condition of the thigles than to your empty awareness that is looking.

After you finish, look closely at various textures and surfaces close up and notice the sharpness of detail. Sometimes you can actually feel the textures by sight alone. Vision will become amazingly clear along with a sense of transparency and absence of selfness. It's this transparency (zangthal) and absence of selfing that transforms the mind completely into its own vivid emptiness. There is nothing to think about or workout. The practice does it all automatically.

There are many more aspects to all of this. To learn more and for additional support please join our thogal group here at FB, Dzogchen Thogal.

I am posting this on the general Dzogchen group to encourage those interested to practice. There is currently lots of misinformation out there regarding thogal and I would like to keep this technology available in an easy and workable format that can bring infinite benefit to any competent practitioner that wants to learn.

There are several lineage authorized books on the open public market now that explain thogal in complete detail. Now the traditional lineage Lamas have allowed these thogal teachings to be propagated broadly for everyone's benefit also out of a fear that these precious teachings may disappear eventually.

I received the thogal transmission and practice instructions privately in 1985 through the Yeshe Lama text as presented to me by a Nyingma Lama who was taught by Dudjum Rinpoche. I later received the detailed Bon transmission of Shardze Rinpoche's text "Heart Drops of the Dharmakaya" trekchod and thogal instructions personally from the Bon Menri Lopon. Shardza Rinpoche attained the "rainbow body of light" in the 1930's. Neither of my teachers asked me to keep these teachings secret, nor have I pledged any samaya regarding not sharing any of the Dzogchen teachings with others.

Please share your successes and insights in our thogal group as well as your practice issues.

I recommend reading my book and gaining familiarity with all the practices in the appendix before commencing thogal practice: "The Natural Bliss of Being", as well as attending one of my thogal retreats.

May all beings benefit! Emaho!
DRZEEF --- 14:05:46 26.4.2020
DRZEEF:

Three Styles of Approach
Because of most people’s difficulty in having practical and enduring results with working with only the “direct path” of sudden recognition, as taught in Dzogchen and some Zen schools, I have recommended in my book three alternative methodologies: the direct path, the path of meditation entailing shamatha and vipassana or zazen and the path used exclusively by Milarepa; kundalini yoga or tumo.
If the inner subtle body chakras have not become relaxed, illuminated and fully blossomed, through the transformation of the karmic mind’s prana into the wisdom energy of kundalini, the real insights of vipassana will remain more as very subtle intellectual conceptions.
In this case the main centers necessary to be released from their dense and energetically contracted states are the root chakra at the bottom of the spine, the navel chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye and the crown chakra fully opened at the fontanelle.
It’s the contracted state of the subtle body energies that give the illusion of being a localized entity existing apart from everything else. The main contraction is in the heart, felt as “I” or “me”. When that contraction suddenly releases, the sensation of self vanishes
completely.
One should practice in formal sessions of zazen slowly extending the periods of resting in the vivid and awake clarity of no thought, up to sitting for three hours in a single session. This will bring about a true condition of thought-free shamatha or shiné fairly quickly within days or weeks.
Success in shamatha is measured by a deep and profound sense of calm and thought free clarity, which will be followed by the spontaneous wisdom insights of vipassana.
In between sessions of kundalini practice and zazen, always rest in trekchod.
All three approaches will instigate an arousal of profound insights into the nature of reality and the absence of self; all reducing experiences of suffering significantly.
Use my book as your handbook with full instructions regarding all three of these approaches, in chapter 5 and in the appendix.
Let’s see how you all do with this expanded approach, utilizing all three methodologies simultaneously.
This combined approach is much as taught in the Yeshe Lama text.
DRZEEF --- 23:09:09 10.2.2020
How We Project our World

All the great Tibetan masters claim that we are projecting our own worlds as projections of Mind. Is this claim meant to be just a metaphor? Or perhaps just uneducated “magical thinking”? Or has something fundamental regarding the nature of experience and the universe become discovered and revealed by these great masters?

Physics and especially quantum physics today, has offered a completely new way of understanding our universe; first it’s known now that the universe can only be subjective in nature, not as an objectively real universe and world as a fixed, objectively real common ground that we can all “look at” independent from it.

Neuroscience in many ways has it right, in that it claims each person is looking at a 3D mental projection, as a representation of what’s really “out there”. But they lack an objective universe “out there” that we could use to make our inner mental movies approximate the “what’s out there”.

Look around you and at your body. What you see is a mental 3D projection of what is supposed to approximate what lies on the other side of our sensory organs; the “what’s out there”. This is a provable fact. Except there is no real and objective “stuff” out there that we are all making representations of.

Whats “out there” are various quantum fields of information in “superposition”. Superposition means that phenomena don’t reveal their potential characteristics until measured, observed or analyzed.

Let’s say there is a tv show of the Oscars recorded on a digital memory bit at the tv broadcast station and is being currently broadcast. Before that information, encoded in specific electromagnetic field frequencies is seen on your tv at home, that tv show is all around you, the room and outside your dwelling. The tv show is there, but can’t be decoded. The tv decodes the electromagnetic field frequencies, and converts that information into an image that looks 3D with sound.

The 3D image appearing on the tv, is the same way our 3D world appears in our minds. The outer world of sensory experience, is all around us as “information fields” in “superposition”, waiting for us to convert that information into full 3D holograms with all the included five senses of experience.

Even though the tv show is all around us in “superposition”, floating in space and time, when we turn on the tv, everyone can see a “common” tv show. Catching on?

There are no colors, no sounds, no flavors, no odors, no sensations, no thoughts, no emotions and no personal identities or selves, objectively existing “out there” in the universe. They are only the subjective interpretations resulting from processing the information fields which make contact with our five senses.

Just like a full 3D dream and self in the dream, arise from stored “data” or information such as memories and conditioning, likewise our experienced 3D world is how our mind translates sensory information in “superposition”, into geometrically rendered 3D holograms.

This will become more clear if I quote a famous professor of quantum information theory:

In his book Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information, Vlatko Vedral currently professor of Quantum Information Theory at Oxford, England wrote about several aspects of quantum information theory that tie in nicely with Bohm’s ideas.

Vedral reduces the universe to its basic building blocks of q-bits of information. Here are some key quotes from his book:

“Unsurprisingly, the language Nature uses to communicate is “information”… Eastern religion and philosophy have a strong core of relational thinking…What emptiness means in Buddhism is that “things” do not exist in themselves, but are only possible in relation to other “things”… It might seem desirable to distinguish the “mathematical fictions” from “actual particles”; but it is difficult to find any logical basis for such a distinction.

Discovering a particle means observing certain effects which are accepted as proof of its existence. [British Astronomer Arthur Stanley] Eddington claims here that a particle is just a set of labels that we use to describe outcomes of our measurements. And that’s it… It all boils down to a relation between our measurements and our labels!

The complexity that we see around us in this world (and this complexity we believe to be growing with time, as far as life is concerned at least) is just due to the growing interconnectedness. In this way, can we now analyse how we encode reality?

By doing so, we will never arrive at ‘the thing in itself’ by any kind of means. Everything that exists, exists by convention and labelling and is therefore dependent on other things. So, Buddhists would say that their highest goal—realizing emptiness—simply means that we realize how inter-related things fundamentally are… We have reached a point where any particle of matter (such as an atom) and energy (such as a photon) in the Universe is defined with respect to an intricate procedure that is used to detect it. If the detector makes a click (like a Geiger counter) the particle is detected. The click itself creates one extra bit of information comprising reality.

The crucial point is that the particle does not exist independently of the detector. The click has no cause at all and therefore we have no underlying particles. And since there are no underlying particles in reality, there are no things in the Universe that are made up of particles existing without the intricate procedures to detect them…

Anything that exists in this Universe, anything to which you can attribute any kind of reality, only exists by virtue of the mutual information it shares with other objects in the Universe. Underneath this, nothing else exists, nothing else has any underlying reality…

It is counterintuitive that although we seem to perceive a well-defined reality around us, quantum physics suggests that there is no underlying single reality in the Universe independent of us—and that our reality is actually only defined if and when we observe it… The Universe starts empty but potentially with a huge amount of information. The key event that gives the Universe some direction is the first act of “symmetry breaking,” the first cut of the sculptor.

This act, which we consider as completely random, i.e., without any prior cause, just decides on why one tiny aspect in the Universe is one way rather than another…

But where do these qubits (bits of information as the basis of the universe) come from? Quantum theory allows us to answer this question; but the answer is not quite what we expected. It suggests that these qubits come from nowhere! There is no prior information required in order for information to exist. Information can be created from emptiness…

Within our reality everything exists through an interconnected web of relationships and the building blocks of this web are bits of information. We process, synthesize, and observe this information in order to construct the reality around us.

As information spontaneously emerges from the emptiness we take this into account to update our view of reality. The laws of Nature are information about information and outside of it there is just darkness. This is the gateway to understanding reality. And I finish with a quote from the Tao Te Ching, which some 2500 years earlier, seems to have beaten me to the punch-line:

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth. The named is the mother of the ten thousand things. Ever desireless, one can see the mystery. Ever desiring, one sees the manifestations. These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gate to all mystery.”

Quantum physicist, David Bohm wrote:

“The tangible reality of our everyday lives is really a kind of illusion, like a holographic image. Underlying it is a deeper order of existence, a vast and more primary level of reality that gives birth to all the objects and appearances of our physical world in much the same way that a piece of holographic film gives birth to a hologram. If the concreteness of the world is but a secondary reality, and what is “out there” is actually a holographic blur of frequencies, and if the brain is also a hologram and only processes some of the frequencies out of this blur, what becomes of objective reality? Put quite simply, it ceases to exist. Although we may think we are physical beings moving through a physical world, this is an illusion. We are really “receivers” floating through a kaleidoscopic sea of frequency.”

A “material brain” as our decoder of external electro-magnetic frequencies in “superposition”, is simply the way “Consciousness” or Mind is being represented in and as the 3D hologram. The visual and sensory appearances of a brain, is what our consciousness “looks like”, where it is itself a mass of informational frequencies with no objectively existing, underlying physical “material” at all!

This is the explanation that the great Tibetan masters lacked, but experienced directly.

When science looks very closely at the material of our world, they find almost nothing but empty space. They are actually looking into something which has no fixed characteristics itself. That’s because everything is potential information in a state of immaterial superposition until it becomes converted into a 3D hologram as a “particle”, “photon” or “electron”, by being looked at, measured or observed; and all 3D holograms are only subjective creations existing in individual minds, such as photons, electrons, atoms, molecules, trees, people, mountains and stars.

We are all sharing the same infinite field of quantum information, that only takes form in our individual minds as our immaterial consciousness observes various regions of “standing wave forms” of quantum information.

Clairvoyance, telepathy and synchronicity, are all phenomena resulting from accessing deeper regions of information than is the norm.

Does this then mean, that the regional quantum wave forms of information and the mind-generated holograms, are both objectively “real”?

A very enlightened being once shared: “You can’t say they are real, nor not real, nor neither real and not real, nor both and neither”. I call this condition of “reality” a “superposition” which avoids all extremes.

Getting more practical, one could ask “how do I control how I project my daily 3D hologram?” It’s exactly as how you control the landscapes, identities and dramas in your dreams at night. “Huh?” “But I don’t control the content of my dreams!”. That’s right, just like during the daytime. You don’t control your daytime holograms, because you are just a holographic projection yourself. You, felt as a “me”, are just a holographic projection of a much deeper level of Consciousness, at the level where all the potential information lies in superposition. This is the level where all the truly great Tibetan and Sufi masters reside.

We enter this realm by abandoning all thought, and relaxing attention into just resting in its own undirected vividness and equipoise.

The great Soto Zen Master Dogen Zenji advises:

“To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.”
DRZEEF --- 2:17:13 6.2.2020
Brilliant!

Dzogchen teacher, Alan Wallace, from his book
“Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic”:

“Who has ever observed this physical reality—composed of matter, energy, space, and time—that objectively exists independently of all subjective sensory appearances?

If we closely apply mindfulness to the immediate contents of our sensory experience, we perceive only appearances.

If we recognize that in the seen there is only the seen, in the heard only the heard, and so on, we see that these appearances arise in the space of our minds as qualia, without physical attributes.

The colors we see—as opposed to the frequencies of photons to which they correspond in the objective world—are not composed of matter or energy and do not exist in physical space, independent of awareness. Visual qualia have no mass, charge, or momentum—they have no physical attributes at all. This is also true of the sounds we hear, as opposed to physical sound waves that strike the eardrum; the smells we experience, as opposed to molecules suspended in the air; the tastes we experience, as opposed to the molecular components of our food; and the tactile sensations we feel, as opposed to electrochemical processes in the body.

In short, all that we immediately experience in our own bodies and the world around us consists of appearances to our five senses, but none of these appearances has physical qualities.

We conceptually assign the attributes of mass, electrical charge, momentum, and so forth to physical objects and processes that occur invisibly and independently of our sensory impressions. In other words, the real, absolutely objective physical world existing independently of our perceptions—including all scientific measurements and observations—is one that we know only conceptually.

From a radically empirical perspective, all that we know by way of direct perception consists of appearances to our own minds. These appearances are not composed of matter or energy and have no location in objective space independent of awareness, because they are not physical.

The very existence of an absolutely real, objective, physical universe is something that we can know only by means of rational inference.

But how compelling is this so-called inference? In modern terms, the objective universe is a kind of “black box,” whose interior we can never inspect to see what’s really inside. We can observe only appearances allegedly produced by an unseen reality. The colors we see, for instance, are said to be generated in part by electromagnetic fields interacting with the retina, which then catalyzes a series of electrochemical events in the optic nerve and the visual cortex.

But we never perceive electromagnetic fields themselves, nor do we perceive the retina, optic nerve, or brain, even though we may acquire impressions of these phenomena either through “direct” observation or via computer-generated imagery.

We are attempting to causally infer the existence of physical entities and processes on the basis of their nonphysical effects, namely our sensory representations of them.

But without knowing the actual nature of any physical entity as it exists from its own side, independent of our observations and measurements, we are in no position to determine how closely our sensory appearances “re-present” reality.

We can never compare our experience to what exists independent of it—there is no way of poking into the black box of the objective physical world. The assumption we have been maintaining is that such an independent physical world must exist, for without it, there would be no explanation for the commonality and replicability of our experience of the world around us.

We collectively look at the sky and see the same stars, planets, sun, and moon, all moving through space while the Earth spins, whether or not anyone is looking. Likewise, stars form and collapse independently of our observations of them. But is this the only possible explanation?

According to Buddhist epistemology, it is possible to infer the existence of a cause on the basis of its effects only if one can observe the cause and determine that it uniquely causes the inferred effect.

For example, one can infer the existence of fire on the basis of the presence of smoke only if one has already observed fire itself and knows that it alone is capable of producing smoke. If one were never able to observe fire or its production of smoke, one could not causally infer the existence of fire on the basis of observing smoke. For smoke might be produced by something else entirely, something unimaginable.

Likewise, we have been assuming that the commonality of our experience of the world around us must be due to the fact that the appearances we perceive are representations of physical things and events that exist independently of experience.

But how can we assume that the universe as it exists independently of our perceptions and thoughts corresponds to our human concept of “physical”? The very notion of physicality has evolved together with the evolution of modern physics, and it now includes such invisible, undetectable entities as dark matter and dark energy, which are said to constitute most of the physical universe.

But since no one can observe any physical entity as it exists in itself, no one can guarantee that physical entities alone generate our subjective experience of the world.

In short, to be a radical empiricist—in the seen to acknowledge just the seen—compels us to question the fundamental metaphysical assumption that underlies virtually all of modern science: the necessary existence of a physical world prior to and independent of consciousness.

From a radically empirical perspective, all that we truly know is the reality of our own awareness and the sensory and mental appearances that arise to it. Whatever exists independently of these appearances is unknowable in principle, and there are no grounds for attributing existence to something that can never be known.

Most of modern science—with the exception of quantum physics—is based on the metaphysical assumption that scientific theories “re-present” the objective, physical, quantifiable world that is really out there, independent of all our measurements and observations.

But this assumption demonstrates a limited imagination that asserts that the commonality of experience can be explained only by invoking the existence of such an invisible and ultimately unknowable physical universe.

In fact, all that we actually know is the mind and its appearances—they are all that we can confidently claim to exist. This is one assertion of the Yogachara, or Chittamatra (“ mind-only”) school of Buddhism, which is a form of philosophical idealism.

Instead of adopting the materialist stance that physical reality is ultimately real and mental phenomena are emergent properties of physical processes, radical empiricism leads us to the opposite view: only the mind and its appearances are ultimately real; the so-called physical world is nothing more than a conceptual construct superimposed on nonphysical sensory appearances.

This means that the materialist assumption behind scientific discoveries concerning the nature of objective reality independent of appearances is simply a pervasive delusion.

An absolutely objective physical world doesn’t exist at all, and any statement about what occurs independent of appearances is fictitious.

This conclusion has also been reached by some contemporary quantum physicists.

How then shall we account for the commonality of our experience? It is not only humans who perceive and interact with the physical world but also animals, however different our perceptions and interpretations may be. We can explain the consensual nature of our experience as resulting from the fundamental role of the mind in nature and the profound entanglement of the individual mind-streams of sentient beings inhabiting the universe.

Such a hypothesis might seem shocking to those of us accustomed to revering science as the most authoritative method for exploring reality. But reliance upon objective, quantitative measures is a very recent trend in human history; it became globally dominant only in the twentieth century.

When one’s awareness becomes immersed in this radically empirical approach to the investigation of the mind, it is easy to reach the conclusion that the mind alone is real. As William James so cogently declared, “for the moment, what we attend to is reality.”

If an individual or society focuses all attention on physical reality, this is certain to be taken as exclusively real; and if all attention is focused single-pointedly on the mind and its appearances, this too will be taken as exclusively real. This “mind-only” conclusion is not derived on the basis of logical reasoning alone; instead, it requires a combination of experiential, contemplative inquiry into the nature of the mind and its relation to the world of the physical senses together with the use of reason to make sense of one’s observations.

This is a rational conclusion based upon empirical investi gations using contemplative science rather than materialistic science as we know it today. The culmination of such contemplative inquiry is not merely the intellectual formulation of a philosophical position, but rather an immediate, nonconceptual experience of the nonduality of subject and object.

Appearances are directly perceived to be empty of any external, independent reality, physical or otherwise.

In the seen, there is only the seen, in the heard, only the heard, in the felt, only the felt, and in the mentally cognized, only the mentally cognized. When we come to this direct realization, we perceive reality for the first time as it actually is, consisting only of the mind and its appearances, arising nondually from moment to moment.

Appearances are ungrounded in any other reality—not in matter, energy, space, or time. We experience appearances nakedly, for they are not “re-presentations” of anything else. They are what they are, and the sense of a reified bifurcation into self and other, or subject and object, vanishes.

As a result, we attain freedom from a range of subtle mental afflictions and obscurations that arise in dependence upon the delusion that grasps onto an absolute distinction between subject and object.

This is a true revolution in our understanding and experience of the natural world, and it destroys the very foundations of virtually all of modern science, with the exception of the most fundamental branch of physics, quantum mechanics.

MADHYAMAKA: ONTOLOGICAL RELATIVISM

The preceding application of radical empiricism and logical reasoning leads to the conclusion that only the mind, together with its emergent appearances, is real. Within the field of experience, we continue to identify a class of phenomena as physical—from subatomic particles up to galactic clusters—but they have no external existence independent of the mind. Such physical entities have only conventional existence.

To the delusional, dualistic mind, even without conscious labeling, physical objects appear to be already existent as the referents of their names. In other words, even before we verbally or conceptually identify the entities that objectively appear to us, we have a sense that they are already awaiting the labels we impute upon them. This assumption that entities are self-defining affects every sentient being—even those who do not use language, such as animals and babies—and it is illusory.

But in the same spirit of radical empiricism, we may investigate the nature of the mind itself: Is its appearance any less illusory than that of the physical world?

Let us now turn the focus of our contemplative inquiry inward upon the very nature of the mind that observes phenomena and acts upon them.

Materialists regard only the physical world and its emergent properties and functions as real; everything else is illusory.

However, the preceding line of contemplative and philosophical inquiry led us to the conclusion that only the mind and its emergent properties and functions are real, everything else being illusory.

The physical world, as something absolutely objective but hidden behind the veil of subjective appearances, turned out to have no basis in reality.

What about the mind? When we seek to observe the mind itself—the source of emergent appearances and functions—is it anywhere to be found?

Following the Buddha’s maxim, “in the cognized, there is only the cognized,” all that we actually experience are appearances and awareness; nowhere is a “mind” found apart from this flow of ever-changing appearances and awareness.

Just as no inherently existent physical world is ever found that underlies appearances of the objective world, so there is no evidence of an inherently existent mind that underlies subjective experience.

The very distinction between mind and appearances is purely nominal, and the more deeply we probe into the immediate contents of experience, the more clearly we perceive that appearances are as empty of inherently existent mind as they are of inherently existent matter.

Both “matter” and “mind” are simply conceptual constructs imputed upon appearances; neither has any existence of its own, independent of these conceptual imputations.

Just as the physical world has no inherent existence, independent of words and concepts, neither does the world of the mind have any inherent existence, independent of words and concepts.

There is no real physical world existing independently “out there,” and there is no real mental world existing independently “in here.”

We may now adjust our earlier translation of the Buddha’s instructions to Bahiya, replacing “you” with “thing,” referring to any inherently existing subject or object:

‘When for you there is only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the felt in reference to the felt, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bahiya, there is no thing here. When there is no thing here, there is no thing there. When there is no thing there, things are neither here nor there nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of suffering.’

The very distinction between external and internal is purely conventional, having no existence apart from words and thoughts.

Conventionally speaking, the physical world may indeed be said to exist independently of sensory appearances, and there are dimensions of consciousness that exist independently of any physical basis.

But these external physical and internal mental phenomena do not inherently exist independently of conceptual designations.

By recognizing the symmetry of the emptiness of physical and mental phenomena, objective and subjective, we avoid the philosophical extremes of both materialism and idealism. This is the Madhyamaka view.

All phenomena exist only relative to the ways they are known. Perceptual appearances exist relative to perceptual experience, and conceived objects, such as elementary particles, energy, and space-time, exist relative to the minds that conceive them. These are all relative, or conventional, realities.

Only the emptiness of inherent nature of all phenomena is ultimate. This is the sole invariant in all of nature. While abiding in nonconceptual meditative equipoise, directly realizing the emptiness of inherent existence of all things, we find that sensory appearances vanish into a spacelike vacuity.

When we emerge from such meditation, appearances arise once again, but they now exhibit a dreamlike quality. Even though objects appear to exist from their own side, independently of words and concepts, we intuitively know that such appearances are illusory.

Nothing during the waking state exists by its own inherent nature, from its own side, any more than appearances in a dream.

As for the commonality of experience and the regularities of causal interactions that seem to occur independently of appearances, these can be understood by perceiving all phenomena arising as dependently related events, without any inherent basis in mind or matter.

When we truly fathom this way of viewing reality without falling to philosophical extremes, we see that it is only because all phenomena are empty of inherent nature that they can causally interact, and insight into their dependently related mode of existence reveals their emptiness of inherent existence.

This direct, nonconceptual, experiential insight uproots even the subtlest of mental afflictions and obscurations.

THE GREAT PERFECTION: THE ONE TASTE OF PURITY AND EQUALITY

Imagine that you are in the midst of a prolonged nonlucid dream, unaware that you are dreaming, and you devote yourself single-pointedly to the shamatha practice called settling the mind in its natural state. When you withdraw your awareness from all sensory appearances in the dream, all appearances dissolve into the substrate (alaya), and your dreaming mind dissolves into the substrate consciousness.

Now imagine that you return to the dream and practice vipashyana, probing into the nature of all objective and subjective appearances. Finally, when you achieve a nonconceptual realization of the emptiness of inherent nature of all phenomena, all appearances again dissolve into the substrate, not because you have withdrawn your awareness from them but because your nonconceptual mind no longer imputes existence upon any of them.

Your mind again dissolves into the substrate consciousness, but instead of apprehending the mere vacuity of the substrate, you directly realize the emptiness (Skt. shunyata) of all phenomena, also known as ultimate reality (Skt. dharmata), and the absolute space of phenomena (Skt. dharmadhatu).

This is nirvana itself, and according to the Buddha, the phenomenal world of samsara would not exist without it. Now imagine that you reactivate your conceptual mind and reengage with the world of appearances, which you clearly see to be dreamlike. Then suddenly it dawns on you that everything you are experiencing is not like a dream, it actually is a dream.

Now you become lucid, “breaking through” your dreaming consciousness to waking consciousness, so that you are awake within the dream.

You see that whatever occurs—both heavenly experiences and hellish ones—can neither harm nor benefit you.

You perceive the “one taste of equal purity” concerning all that appears within the dream as well as the absence of appearances in the dreamless experience of the substrate. Being fully awake, you are not deluded into reifying things and events in the dream; nor is your mind withdrawn into the substrate. If you should display “supernormal abilities” and someone were then to ask you whether you are human, your reply would be, “No.” You are not anyone within the dream, human or otherwise.

You are awake. Such was the Buddha’s reply when asked these questions about the nature of his identity.

According to the view of the Great Perfection, the culmination of the path of radical empiricism occurs when we realize the nonduality of samsara and nirvana, no longer bound within the miseries of the former yet not lost in the utter transcendence of the latter.

For the first time, we are truly awake to the nature of the whole of reality manifesting as displays of the nonduality of primordial consciousness and the absolute space of phenomena. Now that we are perfectly awake to this Great Perfection, all that remains to be done is to awaken everyone else.”