Three Characteristics of Phenomena

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One-day sitting lecture: "no eyes, no ears..." Diamond Sutra, Platform Sutra

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in equally
i'm learning late
two hundred foot or have you here
the be here with you
alyssa unusual
creature folks who was handed to me when i went home a moment ago
it was from bali
it looks like gum
it's a mask of sorts but it looks like the are singing
facebook is on the garuda
the transformation
ah symbol
you can symbol of compassion doesn't look very compassionate
beretta should bring it over because maybe to bring me luck
maybe you how bala person somewhere
i haven't named it yet
i had met this young man
in bali who drove us around when it was there
whose name was a and johnny use about twenty six years old wonderful wonderful person so warm so open and so on and we may just see we hit it off and so this friend with whom we were staying on your back is just back now this is why i'm johnny
so i thought maybe i should bring it here
hmm pass it i'm sure

this kind of gonna again
the turn these things out by the thousands over there
we all have painted
i'm sure it has something to do with her in like the wrathful deities minibar bad karma will help her overcome are afflicted
cook suppose i'm afflicted minds
i've a feeling my know that i'm in this dream
i'm sitting in this big hall
love these people looking at me
and they've got our lisa i hear this voice echoing in the room somewhere that has a remote resemblance to my own but is also a painter
well the wrong
something else somebody else with voice
sometimes everything fuel sponge you
how was like a
a very calm my most recent the holographic now
in substantial they show hologram hologram
i liked it it was like a hologram
anyway i'm
we know it said that whatever our perceptions are appearances that
appearances are illusory
and are not to be trusted as something substantial and anyway of any kind
furthermore that the nature of i suffering or know
reason for suffering and the reason for fear and underlies her to go or dissatisfaction
he has to see misunderstanding or a lack of understanding of the nature of reality
a lack of understanding of the nature of reality this is not only
not only buddhist
in fact i think gets a principally vedanta a by devil hunter teaching but it applies to buddha buddhism even know the budo didn't make so much of a philosophical statement that way that beginning his was a direct approach to find out what the problem is in our
feeling good what's the cause is your way out and a cause and if so what can we do about it
what is the nature of reality what is the true nature of reality
depends on whom he asked me what particular religious persuasion and culture you come from button
at least in the birthplace of via the vedas upanishads and the buddha the buddha
the nature of reality has got the nature of reality is brahma
that of which there is no witcher which cannot be found which cannot be
described which has no
size shape or form that can be grasped by our perceptions
and it released in one tradition is is that force in which spins out the world through the vehicle of com
that that karma turns up as are subjective experiences
through they
illusion of maya time and space that kind of cosmology
and a manifest says are
has trying to work something out subjectively seeds have been planted in the past or each and twisty carmen we're all working at out

know how it worked it out
yes the question how we come to understand what this means in buddhism the nature of reality is emptiness
and is the same thing but it's given a different name and listen to my yana our tradition and here sudden it seems to be that shunyata
the on grasp ability of all phenomena that it's actually the stresses on the
the a negative the way of approaching something by what it isn't
him all things including all buddhist practice or mark i have three characteristics which are a question is you know
impermanence and a lack of self an absence of self
and delusion which would drive and first two

now would we need self or self means a question this is particular instances that there's some
i'm just reiterating i guess we're going over what most of us already know but it doesn't hurt to mentioned it again self
an on a put gala person thing and life
an idea a self that has some
economists permanent
self referencing independent
unconditional existence as an entity and says self course it's not hard to grasp and investment and mindset we know we can't find such a thing if we really look for it we know that some since role in an independent and we rely on one another and so forth in this web i'm being
so that we call the world and our life but even so
that is not so much i'm wouldn't we actually experience as a self the self every most often experience is this sense of i am here i am and this is very important actually
the barn with your sense called my own models are in nya
gilda charter school the seven consciousness that puts together the other consciousness isn't
feeds back into the mechanism of the some kind of storehouse that there's a separate self existence contract and existence from this
god header is whichever there's no return in manifests as karma as an independent
but this feeling you know of to begin with of i am here this is a very important to have this radiant of huge and so
on the separate of the south being in the world and enjoying the to life
we love our life we love to be love to be reborn look at little elizabeth coming into the day and which is skips
we all want skipped through our life we're happy to just be me i am me and here i am
and yet even though the buddha said that what he could find when he looked for yourself self was really just you know what we call scanned as i can
conventionally speak in fine form and i could find in fact body and mind in the south that we think of is essentially what we consider to be on body and mind
it is restricted are limited by that in some way formed sensations that respond to the form perceptions foreign nations all the stories we make around and course consciousness
the big number big see consciousness seems a consciousness and their lives of all of this and how seems to be appearing in consciousness
the buddhist and i can't find in the ottoman i cannot find a self i cannot find a permanent ontological basis for existence maybe the canada of vedanta but then i don't see that
what i find is the absence of a self anywhere i look
and yet here i am
what is this this is what we
small selves computer to to find out about to i think know
every morning in a week and give an emptiness there's no form no feelings no no no form no feelings no perceptions no impulse is no consciousness no eyes no ears and nose etc
it's all
you can't find any of that here when you said what what is that we mean no eyes no ears no knows she's never heard that i thought this is crazy isn't really weird for seven nose eyes consciousness
sorry the ginger con dog and the same thing you know as there is no has a myriad things have no abiding self there is no
there is no buddha there is no person
there is no birth and death there is no delusion and enlightenment
again stressing that aspect
bodhi it comes in front of him but woe is me knowing a bit we ask them where the highest what of the highest teaching them and the noble truths
holy troops were the highest tissues of the holy or these truths bodhidharma nothing holy vast emptiness
where will return the mahayana wisdom teachings this is what he encountered distress might say it's a strategic advice to help us at this sir
disassemble or it was a word
let's this post modern wouldn't have working for deconstruct thank you to deconstruct
the obvious where there seems to be an obvious and apparent world self other and software
i think a lot of examples of this
the diamond sutra for example that opponent when the almost pre-amps all of them for this looking at the absence of something
the new year
can the wizard about the one who's really intelligent and really understands the president pyramid of the wisdom teachings of form is emptiness and emptiness is form
asked the buddha how should a bodhisattva standard behave in the world remember reading that name
how should you perform performer she
the boot answer something like some booty
no one
who posits or who no one who creates a perception that would to creates a perception of a self
rubber life or other person who have a soul can be called a bully suffer
if you if you create a perception that there's such a thing is that thing that you can get hold of called a person
safa in this case it
or soul you know that which comes before or after the present moment or that which arises as a present moment as life where the world which is i think jabber jabber
or the otmar the self no one who has it said that such as being or such a consistently self referential thing exists for doesn't exist for that matter
he's not is not capable of being a bully suffer
i'm a long way from that i would think you know i always see as people
and then a question is winning and on the sixth ancestor said to her six chinese ancestry of in you know that story for the platform sutra same thing again but little more detail
somebody who might not know the story of winning so i'm going to tell a little bit but the legend is at least we these are all in some sense legends
which has some our you know put a typical archetype of truth to them is that you know he was this poor would those poor peasant who one day he actually hears the diamond sutra been spoken of that there's no support from the give rise to a thought that has no support
and all it was his mind is clear and he goes on
most were here teacher and and monastery the fifth patriarch of sin
what is there according to this story as you know he's he's relegated out to your own canada
when i called the race race on the race graining one low job to take it kind of a kitchen
person would do you know you so much sar scullery do hear someone who swaps into you know anyway that's what you do he's out there were at this time they were going to paint a wall and in a monastery and there's this wall and the so abbott says to teacher says to this song again
ezra and get-togethers and began they said i want to foster
right verse about the own your understanding of the dharma
oliver allah allah you know the quint the story all the monks ran away to their rooms because the head monk whose name i think simulation schweder is there a century
since we here
here he so smart he has it down so cool that they don't even feel they have a chance and i think compete with him at all
now he was a rights on the wall going on he says something like this make translations of this been and essences
the body is the bodhi tree the mind is a clear bright mirror don't allow any does to a light on it
the mind body is the bodhi tree
and the mind is like a clear bright near don't let any dust a light on it
possibly your teaching you know actually as pretty much a fundamental teachings that we have this body which is the body of many lifetimes given to us to take care and it's a sacred body that the world as a sacred thing
that we need to practice with this than just a lot of problems that his mind has there's a lot equations or observations or defilements to clear up and by taking a certain path of practice
by really taken hold of our life in very potent point
we can clear up difficulties but we have to be very vigilant we have the practice of a discipline we have to take our life in hand so far
this is sometimes called the narrow path
well you know than winning comes along and sees it would have had actually putting the story has somebody read it to me
and they read this thing to him and he
kristen stewart during i think during the night navy or sometimes least to get somebody he can't write but he has somebody right he says
something like know there is no body body
ignore in a bright mirror from the beginning at a single thing exists that's one translation or there is only the void and what could any does fall
so there's there's the essence of the price per meter teaching again
this emptiness teaching there is nothing nothing nothing that you can get hold of it say
in the course when the teacher saw that the successor was this is a teacher this is the student who has a deep deep understanding of the true nature of reality
gotta dream are dealing with
to order we practice with its kind of thing you say
when come in older self that way the south and we're familiar with is this is the limit itself is a self were born with yourself that begins to lose losers brightness that the joy of life as it gets older it becomes a cultivated begins to learn its limitations it's rules and regulations as they're handed down him
the separate self against encapsulated and then of course of separate self with the small self as we call it has a is less fortunate enough to have nurturing and caring can develop and run a healthy way
but it is characterized by this sense of it's the persuasion of separateness
from everything else arises
and it does everything will nle even ah
his best intentions are to preserve yourself
the constantly feels it must improve the receive
recognition affirmation
that is a century with
an organism of reactivity that reactive
the force of experienced by three modes react and i like it i don't like and i don't know i like it or not so it's always do this this this
and it becomes more and more solid and more and more dense as it goes along always trying to secure its territory always trying to establish itself in the world always ambitious always searching always looking for
wait a wind to be one up to secure itself to be somebody
nothing wrong with this but because it lives in a world in which all entities are impermanent in fact the are no entities impermanence is just a name for the fact of process that everything is change already there isn't anything thing that's already an entity that's gonna change
if there were than it would be a solid it would be a person it would be
it would be yourself but there is no self there's just change the parents of change
yet this feeling the separate substances or the on one side it's try to hold and solemnly and everything out here is changing all the time
chris with this odd huge in the world and all of our experience has changed too much this thing what we're trying to hang on kind of freaks out
chris lot of health for it
both physically and mentally we're fortunate that have therapists and doctors as on to always kind of help straighten it out yet the some assurance some consolation some some way to deal with all of this has changed over here and it's freaking out is from separate self that's trying to hang out some identity on this site
eventually you know it gets what it wants and then whatever it gets it's going to lose and is so what begins to get a little smart yourself and begins to understand that this world where we call the world of appearances and so on that it's always beckoning us to come hither tastefully feel me eat me
hug me take me into yourself
the particularly in a culture like ours begins to seem pretty problematic or to this self and begins to look for answers
maybe i'm just talking about me it makes you sit me
this sounds like me you know this sounds like my history i have a history and this kind of experience
disabuse the my notions of some solid world in which i may find something called happiness that is lasting
in which it doesn't wear out because when it does wear out no matter where i go or what i've done person place or thing sooner or later is not enough it's never enough it has never satisfied permanently
a relationship with a person place or thing it ever seems to work out the way i wanted to exactly is always fraught with problems
and i feel this problem is a britain that and i hear that must be a way out of this a lot of people going through this and must be a way to deal with this
so you know i put my resignation to the what i'm doing and i
sell all buy goods
i go back a place couple of green archer there's a retreat center there's a place where actually this becomes the focus of attention there's teachings about all this people have gone through this since time out of my and there's a long literature of how how to handle with his sense of dissatisfaction and seems to play my life
and i get once more once more i become something once more the old cycle is over and a new cycle begins now this is a place where i'm going to find the truth
and at first it's wonderful you know
i don't have to work for i mean i talked about given them
and into the dust of the world my food is taking care of my shouters didn't care all i have to do this when i'm asked to do i don't have much responsibility just tell me what they do and i'll do it
the wonderful at first
after a while i began to find some dissatisfaction
not only is my body or in america tired all the time but i began to really question
what i'm doing here
why am i doing us the whole meaning of it to try to find relief from my suffering becomes in itself a problem
and i don't know the teachers would have thought was so wonderful actually of feet of clay like me in the food was that was great expectations as good as it used them
and i began to find fault with everything not only that them i thought it was great the winds places run this non as way i thought it should be
i know better way to run it
why don't they see how foolish their the winnings do these things and i realized him back in the same old boat again and back on the will send this is sam sorry
so what i said to you know when it first set i began to really inspect myself is there a self
anywhere in this that is suffering is where is it on my think well it seems like it's in here and here in my body but it can find it in my body actually use it's always changing and i can't find it my thoughts everything seems so the be consciousness and that's all appearing in it being a parent in consciousness
thoughts feelings people places my history everything is
maybe it's maybe consciousness is what i should be looking at consciousness itself but how can a consciousness see itself
yeah when i look back at my life everything seems to have changed i've changed the world is changed everything has changed but this feeling of the self was feeling of i am has not changed i am consciousness is still aware of something going on maybe i should look at that
forget the dramas forget the traumas for a well forget the movie on the screen become the screen as they say
or maybe even better become the light of is filling the screen here there's even that making them worry behind
maybe i can get in touch with that at some point
i asked myself who is trying to get who is trying to find this i can't even not only can not find us self in the makeup of myself but i can't find the south is asking the question
and then one day it occurs to me it's all going on by itself there is no i there never has been an eye
there was the conventional i that i've always thought that we take care of it a real substantial i where is it i can't find it all at once to think and opens up a little while because home and long before i'm happy
because i don't exist anymore there's all this stuff out there i must be that
no was i know that there's and eyes because all this other stuff on here all of you
how could it was crime is so beautiful what was new this is marvelous i'm discovered it there's only one this year be i go run into the teacher in addition me
pretty soon that one person begin to realize hey that's another thought
this all a thought everything is a thought i won't think anymore in our area and thinking about not thinking
i can't see the and i'm spinning i can't seem to get out of this okay quite get going to die and go and sit on a shut up sit there and track the such a thing called sharma to and first to get a calm down okay
so i try to calm down for a long time i and years and today i just trying to kong has done
cool off every time the saga don't know i don't believe this this is not have no but the celsius a separate zone is still being so
so i wanna live this things could me dragging what they call me forward
so consciousness through the fuck
odd it seems to be sought the whole kit and caboodle what we call mind is just that everything seems to be some concept designation
nothing seems to have been in existence at all substantially if i go to look for it all i find his other ideas and thoughts but i've really been brainwashed
but who did that
so i can't find a a reason why a feel this way i just use i can't look i look for emptiness you can find emptiness so i going to do to store this mpsc i'd like to buy one hundred dollars worth of emptiness greece
it's not a thing you can get holder so what i'm looking for course there's some ultimate subjectivity some absolute subjectivity that it can finally get my
wrap myself around
and the boy loved them i searched
if either way it gets
so i finally read give up the search stop searching there is nothing you can do about and such you know it his thoughts without a thinker is actually without a doer let all that stuff on take care of itself all you have to do is come back to come back to
what come back to i am
there is no i'd there is no now there is no predicate and yet and yet and yet
here i am here you are here we are

finally by eliminating more and more than a mere his mind begins to eliminate itself deconstruct itself
there is all this business that a sense of openness happens in their openness is not filled with nothing
that non grasp ability is not in nothingness is filled with intense energy and night
and it is basically happy because it isn't anything at all
that you get hold of that you can know ever
all at once you don't have to do anything about it you already are that and you'll just have to be what you are is so simple
and then it goes again for i had it i try to get hold of that for well it was good i bet a little old die down here so scientists had opens for a moment
of course baby you can do practices like you know john stasis are you going to states but always always when to come of he states he would never done i don't know that lives and experience never called somebody you know know perceptions of
you'll perceive or nothing to perceive course every night in deep sleep we do that actually
when we're not dreaming who there is consciousness will how it's going in all this terrorism but there's no awareness
yeah everything is going on every ten opened my eyes in the morning there is the world whereas the world there before or not
when we tell ourselves of course it was but examine it and see everyday you wake up your starting the world i know there is no well aside from that you can't believe it you can't believe a tested on where's the world of when you're not consciously
so is there a world
well if there is then there's herself the world has a self as didn't get hold of you can get hold of the world either it does not exist in that way but you have to but practicing by going back in a bag and again who's doing is what and keep looking keep looking for this subjectivity for this self
and never make that the practice
whenever something comes up and slaps you in the face from phenomena which your body your your line ask it to go off that way come in
what was it those a junior like inwardly take the backward step that turns your life inwardly and body and mind of themselves would drop away
these people with are fools and or they were not telling us a bunch of lies there was something about this in fact it is so radical that little by little you may discover you don't even have a body
there's nobody there's no substance anywhere imagine that don't want to disappear that's what happened to ramana maharshi one day find there's nobody oh my god and freaked out you know
he was just light pure light
light inside the light that i am as the night that i see by the later see by is the site that i am
it becomes the basis of the reality
nothing else can take their place in terms of happiness but that kind of experience where there is no more experiencer and yet everything is arising as you
what was the don't donation walked across the stream look down so reflections are
it's not me i'm ashley it is that i'm not yet it's actually me it's all me but there's no mean experiencing is just come in spontaneously
what a relief
but nothing yet you tell yourself what we call our ego whatever accept them until you prove to yourself
did you cannot find yourself
search though you will have an experiences wherever they may be
become they go of themselves don't mess with it never do what is doing
that's why silence becomes the real sinking that silence become that sounds you added sense we are inside
if he comes out of that and where that is what that is behind all this behind conscious consciousness so on even the buddhas and answers to sit mute before that nobody knows nobody can know and yet we know that that's what we really are even though is indefinable ungraspable and unknowable that is our true self
yes my seems to me
but you must realize it was telling stories to each other these are words these are concepts is your ideas day and themselves have no substance
this just another story
and if i look for the story and trail makes up there it becomes a male to it becomes just
it doesn't exist
but that's what we do as human beings we only started to one another
we have them we must need to so
oh is redefining ourselves until i find it the definition of who we are you can see we're just constantly defining constant redefining constantly redefine until there's not realize is no self to be redefined
that we can step out and just do a seven front of us that's what soto's zen is whatever is arising at this moment and by the way you can find this moment in that we tried there's no now
but the time i know it's now it's gone
him by the time and impulses reached by brain so by perceptive mechanisms and so and it's already past you're experiencing the past right now i'm just like you're experiencing the stars means years ago they appear to be here but they're not
it's an occurrence
his phantasm this dream in
we have to wake up from it but there's nobody to wake up
so what do i too well i have to go give a talk have to wash the vegetables i have to go back and cook something have to raise the kids i had to go to work
we can get hold of an event but that's what we're doing that is it that is know the bodhisattva vow is to return to that place
evolution of delusion delusion within delusion within delusion that is the home with the body safa it may be possible in isaiah
to find a pathetic buddhism to find your own liberation from all of this and say goodbye world you know
but we come back into this space of delusion into the street with gift be doing and saying hey guys what can i do to help
each other we've already we're already doing that as well that's the joke or a body suffers doing
and as the hit as in hindu or the indian says you know it's god playing all the parts forgetting that is guy
it's not one person like that is wonder the last be many
wonderful feeling
really sinks sam but where does it sink him

i think especially since my stroke i have felt that yeah
what i say on grasp the movie you know this falcon there is an unborn is a briefly if i look at my experience this i am thing i cannot remember a time i wasn't here
the deaths of the dewdrop is ahead of them warm weather the ocean or dewdrop whatever i'm experiencing is everything you ever see the a small person small realization is still as filled with the sense of i've always been there but if i look for who i am aware here is
i am always here i can't find any of those things but that's my experience what makes me think i would ever be different
we are always here doing this
and there is no time says this found this though is now this stuff is when that sinks in what is there to do but where where i was doing
then it becomes almost fun and funny and enjoyable
chris we collapsed back into old habits he can have to keep coming back to their space but

and of course before any of this whole thing comes about is really important that we clean up our act
not some nice to ourselves or one another actually we have a lot of problems with that we need to get straight with ourselves and get the apparent self with the apparent world as where we take precepts i think you know as why they take files as where we take our practices in order to kind of so
treating ourselves up so that we don't have is what they call the hindrances you know when i saw overcome by sense desire
by what we don't get therefore we have your will
heavens to keep us when stepping into the space or we just get sick about lazy and stupid the animal around know gear i got mine
heh space or what else is it if you're nervous anxious how this anxiety
and i work with that it's very important it's not where you just step in these spaces since takes time gradual gradual gradual process maybe a certain moment of realization are waking up this is the i'm trying to get it happened but holiday recipes when a gradual refusal gradual in time and in time
oh what's the last one yeah no doubt no pessimistic don't know i can't do this and that strong enough to do this and a good enough to do this
but once you start this you can give it up when she of his practice you will always be doing some kind of practice you cannot go back to your way
the now feeling that your guy really killing yourself
but the own where mean the old way of life i mean no way of so he has contracted presumably some separate self sense once there's even a little opening you're hooked
to keep practicing and that's good thing
i also think if i can do it any anybody can do it
but sarah nice his children saturn is this voice in us this negativity this is you know a good enough we can't do this in a strong enough
you are strong yeah we are strong enough we are good stuff we are light we are light
something that we have to a tool
this is lms message there is nothing to be attained
we've already attended all we have to do is recognize it again to recognize it to see it again to know it again this is what we must do this is what we're looking at
i'm sure you'll agree with
don't you think this is right does it feel like i do
in my nuts
yeah okay
while leaving their is that salad
hamburg got the time

t there is no time
ten to eleven ten to eleven asked i think i know i can take a couple of questions but you know if you want to see me at talk about this we can also have a private audience or leading up in mayor's up in titusville to talking about this much more you talk about it though is that super says the more you talk
a the friendly you will give them the truth
because we saw the pilot on his conception
but if it helps if it helps to talk about it and helps you get it out on the table and student
anyway i'm lesley a couple of questions and then color the morning anybody

oh yes
why do i think the compassion as a scary face

you mean the with manifests in february and like that
i want to take the scary faces to scare away the delusions the germany still to be fierce
your compassion
you chew up the negativity you chew up there
the uncompassionate but you know the thing i'm talking about trying to talk about his wants to sing opens there is only the feeling of total compassion you don't have to make that happen then is already your natural state
truly believe me it is just let it be you already doing it you know we are already to pay if we weren't already compassionate we will not know it in the living here today we do compassionately take care of one another is built into the system
but i don't know why it has i think is i don't know actually answer is i don't know why a certain cultures portray compassion his fears
anybody know where that is

oh wow

yeah i hear if

we don't want to
about something let's have a little on tweedledum and tweedledee let's have let's agree they have a fight
i know couples who based a whole relationship on quarterly
i don't know it seems you know that none of that has anything substance to it actually
i don't really have any answers i am experiences but don't have answers because for me the questioners die
one would ask the questions is not so important to me anymore
that's why don't like to play the answer man
noone answered that you only have the answers i have the answers you have the answers
just give up the questioner
it has no substance here
thus spoke tiger baba baba walleyes or anything said or not
may i am