Friday, July 29, 2005

The crystal clear face of death

So my meditation teacher Khamtrul Rinpoche, during the traditional “pointing out instructions,” held up a crystal ball and said, “See how the nature of this crystal ball is already clear?” Then he put the glass ball in front of his red robe and said, “See how the crystal clear ball turned red? In the same way, the mind becomes whatever it is on, simultaneously remaining clear and pure.” That teaching was very meaningful for me. He later reminded us that this clear nature of mind, which never comes and never goes, was also never born, and thus, will never die. It is the Eternity existing outside of time. And therefore, it is the "clear light mind" that will alone remain after the moment of death. It is, in other words, the true face of death. (see "pointing out instructions" posted Thurdsay, May 19th, for more information about this stuff).

Note: The “pointing out instructions” include a spiritual teacher talking you through your own present experience (in a very investigative way), eventually pointing out exactly that aspect of your awareness that is already one with eternity, already spirit, already the Unborn and Undying Presence. Ken Wilber likens these pointing out instructions to an old children’s puzzle. He says, “As I was receiving these teachings, I thought of the old puzzles in the Sunday supplement section of the newspaper, where there is a landscape and a caption says, “The faces of twenty famous people are hidden in this landscape. Can you spot them?” The faces were maybe Walter Cronkite, John Kennedy, that kind of thing. The point is that you are looking right at the faces. You don’t need to see anything more in order to be looking at the faces. They are completely entering your visual field already, you just don’t recognize them. If you still can’t find them, then somebody comes along and simply points them out.”
“We are already looking directly at Spirit, we just don’t recognize it.” Spirit, God, or Eternity, if they are indeed “omnipresent,” must be something you are already looking at, or already looking with, right now.
Padmasambava said in the Tibetan Book of the Dead that human consciousnesses is “shining, void, and inseparable from the Great Body of Radiance, hath no birth, no death, and is the immutable Boundless Light.” Rumi: “Behind these two eyes here, one glowing water.”

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