Monday, December 07, 2009

Happy Bodhi Day!

Satoru Day

Satoru has two meanings--one is “Amazing Friend,” and the other is more like “Awaken, become lucid, conscious, discover." 悟る。Words point to words.

The Meaning is usually felt beyond words.

Living in the Land of Basho, the great Japanese monk-poet, I am interested in the different enlightenment moments, and the poems or stories they inspire.

For Shakyamni Buddha, his enlightenement moment, which the world celebrated yesterday) includes the morning star and the big old tree, (some people remember his story and think of the rapidly changing rainbow sky. others think of the cold pain and hunger the buddha must have felt.

In the case of Basho, it was a pond, a frog diving into it, and the sound of water.




Probably the most famous haiku in Japan. Interesting sidenote: in traditional Japanese which reads up to down, the last character experienced in the poem is "sound" "音", which is "Standing 立 Sun " visually。

Anyway, yesterday wasn't just a celebration of the Historic Buddha’s awakened mind; It was a celebration of the awakened mind happening inside all of us. () It’s in celebration of The Enlightenment, or the Consciousness, Wakefulness, which is effortlessly the essence of this moment from the very beginning anyway, でしょう?.

And even as a non-buddhist, we might feel thanks towards Shaka-san, thanks for giving us a particular soul’s “enlightenment story.” His story has left us with many practices (mainly meditation) that point to the beyond words supercompleteness (spontaneously )happening everywhere...

And for nothing else, it increased the diversity of myths, symbols, and lifestyles happening on the planet.

Thanks be Shakyamuni's morning star enlightenment!

(which was surprisingly celebrated by nearly no one yesterday.)

Peal Harbor Enlightenment stories instead.

an old pond 古池
a frog jumps in 蛙飛び込む
the sound of water 水の音

Yesterday's post:

Happy Birthday Buddhism! Today is when many buddhists celebrate the anniversary of the historic Buddha's enlightenment or "Satori".

The story goes that he was sitting under the great bodhi tree, determined not to move until he achieved liberation. He sat through the night, unmoving. As the sun began to change all the colors in the sky and world around him, he rested his mind single pointedly on the morning star-- that tiny, unchanging point of light in the vast, infinite sky. It is then that he discovered the nature of mind and "woke up" 悟った。He found the always already unchanging essence and suchness of mind, and woke up from the dream of solidness and separation.

Today's Dalai Lama wisdom teaching:

If you want others to be happy,
practice compassion.
If you want to be happy,
practice compassion.
Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible."

And here is one of my Dzogchen practices, for those of you interested....

(I adapted this buddhist prayer and powerful visualization from a book on tantric preliminary practices I got at the Dalai Lama's monastery bookstore while I was studying there years ago.) It begins with the Great Recognition...

Since all phenomenal appearances, limitations and liberation, from the very beginning are the pure realm of Emptiness, they are consequently perfected, purified and ripened into divinities, prayers, temples, and truths; Great Completeness is free from the efforts of abandoning or adopting; the depth of intrinsic awareness is beyond mental fabrication and known experience; May I nakedly see Reality Itself in direct actuality.

From within the depths of the rainbow radiance, utterly freed from characteristic thoughts, may I develop the visionary experience of pure forms and light discs, and perfect the place of intrinsic awareness into the heavenly pure realm. May I become fully awakened in the great transcendence, the dissolution of dreams, and gain the stronghold of the youthful vase-body.

If I do not succeed in experiencing the great union, and my physical body is not released into the subtle expanse (of the rainbow body), then when the life functions are collapsing, may death’s clear-light vision arise as the primordially pure perfect body of truth, and may the apparitions of the mind (intermediate state) be liberated into the perfect body of complete enjoyment. Once the skills of the path of total decisiveness and spontaneous presence have been perfected, may I attain liberation like a child climbing upon its mother’s lap.

Receiving the four Empowerments

(If you are a westerner, you may want to first visualize the actual Jesus イエス standing in front of you, handsome, strong, and attractive, his beautiful eyes radiating with love, acceptance, and wisdom.)

1. Vase Empowerment (body)

From the mid forehead of the Lord a white ball of light sounding “Ohm”, shimmering like crystal, radiates light rays which penetrate the crown of my head, cleansing contaminated actions of the body and impediments in the channel system instilling blessings of the Perfect Diamond-body so that I obtain the empowerment of the Vase, becoming a fitting vessel for the visualization process; the seed of a yet-to-mature Knowledge-holder is sown, and in my mind is placed the capacity for attaining the state of the emanation body, Radiant Life.

2. Secret Empowerment (speech)

From the throat of the Lord a red ball of light sounding “Ah”, blazing like a ruby, radiates light rays which penetrate my throat, purifying verbal actions and impediments of energy, instilling blessing of the Perfect Diamond-speech so that I receive the Secret Empowerment, becoming receptive for the mystic recitation. The seed of maturation of a knowledge holder of Timelessness is sown, and in my mind is placed the capacity of attaining the state of the perfect body of complete enjoyment, Radiant Love.

3. Primordial Wisdom Empowerment (mind)

From the heart of the Lord a blue ball of light sounding "Hum", the color of the sky, radiates light rays which penetrate my heart, purifying mental actions and impediments, instilling blessings of the Perfect Diamond-mind so that I obtain the Primordial Wisdom Empowerment, becoming a fitting vessel for the fiery practice of energy, bliss, and emptiness. The seed of a Knowledge-holder is sown, and in my mind is placed the capacity for attaining the state of the perfect body of truth, Radiant Light.

4. The verbal Indication Empowerment (spirit)

Again from the blue sphere of light sounding Hum in Jesus’s heart, a second ball bursts forth like a meteor mixing indistinguishably with my mind, purifying my entire life-stream, instilling blessings of the Diamond-primordial wisdom so that I may obtain the ultimate empowerment indicated by words, becoming a fitting vessel for the primordially pure Great Completeness and Universal Love; The seed of a Knowledge-holder of spontaneous accomplishment is sown, and in my mind is placed the capacity for the final attainment, the perfect body of universal essence, the Integrated One in love the Many.

5. Dissolving the visualization (meditating on becoming as “one taste.”)

Finally, from the heart of the Lord, rays of warm red light are emitted and just by touching the heart of myself as translucent being, I become a sphere of red light which dissolves into the heart of Christ, mixing inseparably, and then dissolving into radiant Emptiness, Crystal clear light.

実相 じっそう suchness

真如 しんにょ thusness

如如 にょにょ isness




Rod said...

I love that fish painting! It looks exactly like the medaka in our pond, who live like the lilies of the field (ie. nobody bothers to feed them).

Anonymous said...

Hey! Who is the damn smiling guy!
I appreciate you crack me up!!!! And it past almost a year from you took the pic. I miss the time. I totally wanna visit there again. Great place of America.
I love you and merry Christmas to you!!!
From a far.

May all beings be Free and in Love.

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