A Totally Ordinary Buddha

A Totally Ordinary Buddha

Zazen cultivates clarity and in time, the illusory nature of phenomena breakdown, allowing an experience of limitless, boundless peace. There is no other, no me or you, no being or non-being. Enlightenment has unfolded. Congratulations. What now?

Dissolve into infinity, and continue.

Realise the True Self, and continue.

Become One, and continue.

End, and continue.

 

The Enlightening process shouldn’t end in the World of one colour, the unified field, Oneness. To even consider this would be a mighty shame. To come back into the world of observances, and go on, continue, is the imperfect perfection of a totally ordinary Buddha.

 

 

Dissolving into Infinity

Dissolving into Infinity

Our relationship with the senses is vitally important. The senses by which the human condition functions aids one to navigate the terrain of existence and place ourselves in this complex web.

What if these abilities were no more? Plunged into no inside or outside, no boundaries, or reference points, no hard things? No things.

Like a vial of salt crystals, each with their own rigid shape, hardness, identity; each one individual. Plunged into the water, and with the input of energy, crystals dissolve, boundaries broken down. Still no crystal has left, yet there are no crystals there.

In our every day form we are crystallized, in a crystallizing reality. In this, there are limitations, there are beginnings and endings, there are hellos and goodbyes, there are hugs and embraces, there are punches and brawls, there is sensual pleasure, there is pain and anguish, there is life and death, there is you and I…

I ask you this: once dissolved boundless and infinite, are these aspects still present? Has reality changed, or perspective?

 

Seriously, don’t take yourself seriously

Seriously, don’t take yourself seriously

It’s not that you need to destroy or eliminate your ego. 

It’s realising you are not only your ego, and your attachment to it loosens, your relationship with ego, yours and others, is no longer a serious issue. Just as we have the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and so on, that we explore and examine impersonally, we can study the egosphere in exactly the same ways. 

 The ego is just another component of being human, there is no need to desire the elimination of ego in order to touch happiness and awakening, just as there is little point attempting to never see, hear, feel, smell or taste again. We sense and perceive various things in the World, and one of those things is a self, there it is. Existing. But how much weight is it going to be given in foundational reality?  

Someone hurt you today? Or just your ego? Sure, the feeling is still valid, but how serious is it?
Thank you for reading, it’s good for my ego…😂

-dharmacaterpillar

Have you had your meds today?

Have you had your meds today?

I came into meditation, like many others, because I had a problem; something I wanted to fix about my existence. At the time, my whole world had been shuck up with my daughter’s brain condition being diagnosed as something the medical world didn’t know much about and couldn’t cure. That fed into more chronic underlying conditions of mental anxiety and physical manifestations of that with systemic psoriasis. I wanted to do something about me, so that I could do more for others. I wanted to fix things. 

No doubt. No doubt at all, after only a few months things had changed, the mental activity and physical actions of my daily life had shifted profoundly. The world looked, smelled, tasted, sounded and felt different- lighter. 

My meditation practice became regular and often, and as that happened, I found that I was no longer doing it for anything, I was not a project to fix or complete. And when people asked, “Why do you meditate?” I found it difficult to answer because I couldn’t relate to the question as much, I would reply “to meditate”. 

Meditation may seem like medication at first, but you may find, as I do, that it’s more like a part of a healthy, balanced diet, not a plastic pill. 

A lotus for you, a Buddha to be,

a dharmacaterpillar

The New You is the True You

The New You is the True You

Many of us harbour both a desire to begin a more sattvic life in order to unravel tensions and bindings- to be at peace- and also innumerable conditioned habits both physical and mental. These habits can obstruct our most venerable quest. These habits are also best at binding us to our ego self. 

Perhaps take some time now to write a list of things that make you- you. Anything that comes to mind, write it, don’t hesitate or hide or even clarify anything. Things you like to do, to eat, things you dislike, bad habits, and good habits. These are often the excercises of our life, reinforcing the notion of our ego being separate and unchanging; because habits are things that don’t seem to go away. I hear a lot “I am, who I am and nothing will change that” and this idea is one of habits.

We already into the 3rd week of the new year, and perhaps New Years resolutions have already been forgotten, maybe they’re still hanging around. But in terms of the practice, this desire to lead a more sattvic life, living in accordance with the dharma, meditating, where are we at? 

5 things to consider 

  1. For now, since we are residing in the world of conditioned phenomena, let’s not ignore time. Get out your diary and schedule. Find a time in the day where time may be allocated to meditation. Find a time for this everyday, so that it can be a regular practice. Maybe make it part of your morning routine? Or otherwise pair it with another daily activity.
  2. Be specific. What meditation? For how long? Why? Be sure to be prepared for what you’re doing, and always remind yourself of intention.
  3. Compassion. Don’t be shameful or cultivate self-guilt if you happen to oversleep and therefore miss the morning meditation in order to get to work on time. Treat it as a great opportunity to cultivate some compassion.
  4. The time is now. Starting a new habit on the 1st of the next month is fair enough but what is there to really prevent you from starting right now? Or at the very least tomorrow?
  5. Be diligent and patient. Your meditation is not to get anywhere, but to realise where you are.

Enjoy the practice friends,

-dharmacaterpillar

Breath Poetry

Breath Poetry

I use poetry in my daily practice, reciting the verse in rhythm with my breath. In this way anchoring mind and body with mindful awareness. 

I have been ill recently (the lack of posts reflects this) and seeds of pain and discomfort have been watered in my mind-body. So this verse arose out of necessity;

 

Upon feeling the burning flesh

I hear the cries of a thousand cells

Rest dear body, rest dear mind 

A thousand cries? Or mindfulness bells? 


There is no use ignoring pain and trying to move on without proper and appropriate acknowledgement of the pain. This only leads to further tightening and entanglement. The body is prone to all kinds of maladies, but held, embraced gently, it has a tremendous healing capacity. So wherever I am, tuning into the body with this kind of verse, using mindfulness of the breath as my anchor into Reality, healing and wisdom are possible, for me and you.

Wishing you all well on the path,

-dharmacaterpillar