The Buddhahood of Mind itself.

The Buddhahood of Mind itself.

The Buddhahood of Mind itself.

The Buddhahood of Mind itself.

Mind appears one way. But mind is a trickster.  Unborn wisdom mystery puts on the clothes of this and that thought, identity, form and says, “Fooled you!” Mind’s functioning implies separation of self and appearance, mind and body, subjects and objects but then mind’s functioning is a liar.

On a cloudy day the sky looks grey but up above the clouds it is always blue.  From the ground the moon seems to wax and wane but in the moon’s own self experience there is only the one big round globe.  Mind seems to be born and die in accord with its movements and stillness but in truth is is one large open expanse of knowing’s possibility.

The Buddhahood of Mind itself.  Yeah, yeah you’ve heard it before from every Tom, Dick and Harry village Lama who went on to try and con you out of your money, get in your pants, require endless sycophantic kiss-assness (which you were eager to offer in your exchange of Catholic Guilt Shame Based Fear Religion for a new Asian flavor of the same) and so it seems a worn and tired, almost cliche.  But if you toss out your strategies and corruption then you will swiftly forget the shell game of most religionists and begin to take seriously the way.

It is a cliche but still, it is true. Mind itself is Buddhahood! Mind itself is Buddhahood!! Mind itself is Buddhahood!!! Take a deep breath, dust yourself off an reconsider everything.  Take off the facade of past efforts and strip naked of the presumed understandings.  Shake off the dreary sorrow of encounters with false priests born from one’s own false intentions.  There is a path whose nobility and beauty outshine all falseness.  It is offered freely and, while it does require intelligence, hard work, and discipline it is also joyous, uplifting and beautiful.

A Tibetan friend told me this joke.  “What does it take to become a Lama in America?  A red robe and a passport.” Still, this sad truth does not need to become the limit of your efforts.  Where one’s intentions and effort are authentic authenticity will manifest in the form of one’s teacher; and, while spirituality tends to devolve into business in the climate of human culture, that is not its (or your) limit.  Mind is, in fact, in its deep essence, nature, energy – Buddhahood itself waiting for you to realize it.  – Traktung Khepa,  Eye To Form is Only Love (Day 62)

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