Wednesday, December 29, 2010

conceptual extension in space and time

All events, all shifts are in time.

Because without time and space, there is no world in which to have any sort of shift or event.

So, people are waiting for separation to fall away...but essentially they are waiting for TIME ITSELF to fall away, aren't they?

Because separation IS time.

--- Jeff Foster

Sunday, December 26, 2010

this as it is

There is no perception of Suchness in Suchness.
--- from the Prajnaparamita

When there is nothing to see, what is it he sees so clearly?
--- a Ch'an master

Sunday, December 19, 2010

if the bard was on fb ?

Methinks thou doth ATTEST too much.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

blessed are the poor in spirit

[Meister] Eckhart has much to say about the saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit," which is the most illuminating statement in the Bible. What does "poor" mean here, asks Eckhart. He replies: "The poor man, the one who is poor, is the one who wants nothing, knows nothing, and has nothing."

[Upon awakening] a Zen monk said, "Last year my poverty was something like the point of a drill, a very small point. My poverty was such that I had nothing but the small point of a drill. This year my poverty is such that there is no drill, and there is no ground in which its point could be inserted. So I am entirely poor."

This corresponds to what Eckhart means...The mind must be entirely empty of the things we generally put in it. When this takes place there is real God, that is, real poverty---not to want anything, not to know anything, not to have anything.

--- D.T. Suzuki

Sunday, December 5, 2010

looking for something that could never be lost?

You are primarily Buddhas; you are not going to be Buddhas for the first time.

If you have the least desire to be something better than you actually are,

if you hurry up to the slightest degree in search of something,

you are already going against the Unborn.

--- Bankei

no boundary

Undistracted, undivided

by hope and fear,

the Buddha awakes

to/as What IS.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Prajna and Vijnana

Zen masters wish us to see into that unconscious consciousness which accompanies our ordinary dualistically-determined consciousness. This is a sort of undifferentiated knowledge, knowledge of non-distinction, sometimes called transcendental Prajna-knowledge.

In Buddhism, generally two forms of knowledge are distinguished: one is Prajna and the other is Vijnana. Prajna is all-knowledge, or transcendental knowledge, i.e. knowledge undifferentiated. Vijnana is our relative knowledge in which subject and object are distinguishable, including both knowledge of concrete particular things and that of the abstract and universal.

Prajna underlies all Vijnana, but Vijnana is not conscious of Prajna and always thinks it is sufficient in itself and with itself, having no need for Prajna. But it is not from Vijnana, relative knowledge, that we get spiritual satisfaction. However much of Vijnana we may accumulate, we can never find our abode of rest in it; for we somehow feel something missing in the inmost part of our being which science and philosophy can never appease.

Science and philosophy do not apparently exhaust Reality; what is still left in Reality, according to Buddhism, turns towards Prajna for its recognition. Our spiritual yearnings are never completely satisfied unless this Prajna is awakened, whereby the whole field of consciousness is exposed, inside and outside, to our full view. Reality has now nothing to hide from us.

---from "Living by Zen" by D. T. Suzuki

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

intellect will never bring us to the abode of rest

Seppo was one of the great masters towards the end of the T'ang dynasty; one of his favorite responses was, "What is it?" If one should ask him, "What are we facing this very moment?" he might say, "What is it?"

This counter-question on the part of Seppo shows how intimately he feels the presence of "it" or "this." He wants to make his questioner apprehend it as intimately as himself, and he does not know how to communicate it without appealing to conceptualism, so he blurts out, "What is this? Cannot you see it? It is right here this very moment. If I resort to words, it is three thousand miles away."

--- D.T. Suzuki

Sunday, November 28, 2010


The direct response of the "sage"

is the same thing as "his" Understanding.

--- Wayne Liquorman

Saturday, November 27, 2010

We can say...

that because of knowing itself, being is;

knowing is being, and being is knowing.

Also... that being is seeing and seeing is acting,

that there is no being without seeing and acting.

--- D.T. Suzuki (paraphrased)

Monday, November 15, 2010

"What IS...the eternal, intemporal moment"

All composite things are impermanent,

They belong in the realm of birth and death;

When birth and death is transcended,

Absolute tranquillity is realized and blessed we are.

--- Buddhist stanza quoted by D.T. Suzuki

Thursday, November 11, 2010

the last stage of simplification

Zen is the casting off of all one thinks one possesses, even life, to get back to the ultimate state of being, the "Original Abode."

This can be done by every one of us, for we are what we are because of it, and without it we are nothing.

This is to be called the last stage of simplification, since things cannot be reduced to any simpler terms.

--- D. T. Suzuki

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

the most primary feeling

The experience the human mind has when it is identified with the totality of the most primary feeling which lies at the basis of every form of psychic functioning we are capable of. --- D.T. Suzuki

Monday, November 8, 2010

where there is no looking, truth is

Where is there

for any one

to look for

any thing?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

(and it can't be bottled)

Truth is not a mosaic,

but a spring.

--- Sokei-an

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


If there's 'knowledge' - there's a 'knower.'

They're stuck with each other.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

the worth of this moment is absolute

Beauty is ever alive, because for it there is no past, no future, but the present. You hesitate, turn your head, and it is no more.The morning-glory must be admired at its first awakening as the sun rises; so it is with the lotus. This is the way the Japanese people have learned from Zen teaching how to love Nature, how to be in touch with the life running through all objects including human beings.

The pine tree lives for a thousand years;

The morning-glory but for a single day;

Yet both have fulfilled their destiny.

There is no fatalism in this. Each moment pulsates with life both in the pine tree and the morning-glory. The worth of this moment is not measured by the one thousand years of the one and the single day of the other, but by the moment itself. For this is absolute in each of them. Therefore, beauty is not to be spoiled by the thought of fatalism or evanescence.

---from 'Zen and Japanese Culture' by D.T. Suzuki

Saturday, October 30, 2010

is this moment not complete?

When nothing is wanted, nothing is wanting.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Stillness is the common denominator of all movement.

Zen and Swordsmanship

...the Mind in its suchness is at once movable and immovable,

it is constantly flowing, never "stopping" at any point,

and yet there is in it a center never subject to any kind of movement,

remaining forever one and the same.

The difficulty is how to identify this center of immovability

with its never-stopping movements themselves.

--- from D.T. Suzuki's "Zen and Japanese Culture"

Monday, October 25, 2010

exist < L exsistere, to stand out

There's no time for anyone to exist.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

there's no time

There's no time to conceive 'what' is.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

already - always - IS

There is no "doing" Enlightenment, as doing takes time.

Enlightenment already, always IS.


NOW is the common denominator of awareness,

just as awareness is the common denominator for all experience.

--- William Samuel

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Awareness is single, only, and all-inclusive

There seems to be a time in our spiritual development

when we awaken (sometimes very suddenly)

to the wonderful realization

that THIS conscious Awareness, right here, right now,


That no "thing," no object of perception, no idea, thought or feeling




--- William Samuel

Saturday, October 16, 2010

no thing

Aside from false appearances, there is nothing.

That is the substance of non-dual teachings

and the end of confusion.

--- Robert Wolfe

Friday, October 15, 2010


Peace has no pieces.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

the NOW-Awareness

Sufficient unto Tranquillity is the NOW-Awareness thereof.

--- William Samuel

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

this moment's presence

Is this moment's presence ever in doubt.

beyond knowledge and ignorance

Q: How can one know the Self?

A: The Self always is. There is no knowing it. It is not some new knowledge to be acquired. What is new - and not here and now - cannot be permanent.

--- Ramana Maharshi

Thursday, October 7, 2010

ob-ject, a thing thrown or placed

You won't find

a single thing

that you didn't put there.

Monday, October 4, 2010

a thorn

We could say

that the "Total Appearing"

is Real,

but the "appearances" (apparent objects)

as such, are not.

Now Playing

Enlightenment is just seeing through the illusion, the story,
the movie of life...

the movie can contain absolutely anything and everything.

And does!

--- Suzanne Foxton

Sunday, September 26, 2010

neo-buddhism ;-)

Everything is Enlightenment, Enlightenment is Everything.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Consciousness is not aware OF the universe;

Consciousness is aware AS the universe.

--- Steven Norquist

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"pure functioning"

We know it eternally. It is the background not only of thought---as Maharshi told us---but of every act of living.--- Wei Wu Wei

It is too clear and so it is hard to see.

A dunce once searched for a fire with a lighted lantern.

Had he known what fire was,

He could have cooked his rice much sooner.

--- Mumon

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Being is knowing, knowing is being.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


What I'm pointing to

is "the actual"---

absolute "isness"

here and now.

Is there anything else?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

"there is nothing wrong with you at all"

We are "too close" to our basic nature

to see it as something clear cut,

and so,

"following the Tao"

is the art

of feeling our way "into"

or feeling "the embrace of"

this by-itself-so

nature that we are.

--- Alan Watts (paraphrased)

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Do this, and you'll get that!"

There's no guarantee

in the phenomenal world

- except change.

--- Wayne Liquorman

Monday, September 13, 2010

No thing exists. --- Hui Neng

"What IS" is not a thing(object) to have qualities of any sort.

It NEVER is.

But sometimes, "we" perceive/conceive "it" to be some such thing.

That's okay.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wiggles of the world unite!

You have nothing to lose

but your names.

--- Alan Watts

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It is always NOW o'clock. --- Suzanne Foxton

Reality itself

Is neither mental nor spiritual,

Nor any other concept

That we can have of it.

Reality is simply

The present moment.

--- Alan Watts

Friday, September 3, 2010

The way you can go, isn't the real way. --- Ursula LeGuin

What IS, IS - already, always.

This indicates that at the level of ISNESS,

"we" have NO power or responsibility,

and thus, may be relieved

of the duty to BE.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Apperceiving that there is nothing to perceive is deliverance. --- Hui Hai

It takes "time" for "us"

to perceive or conceive

of any "thing."

Thus, there IS no "thing"

that "we" need to know,

in order to BE



People think

they're searching for something,

but there isn't.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

there is no limit to this moment

In this moment there is nothing which comes to be.

In this moment there is nothing which ceases to be.

Thus there is no birth-and-death to be brought to an end.

Wherefore the absolute tranquility in this present moment.

Though it is at this moment,

There is no limit to this moment,

And herein is eternal delight.

--- Hui Neng

Friday, August 27, 2010


When the ultimate object has been negated,

Then what remains is I,

And I am the affirmation of all that has been denied.

--- Wei Wu Wei

Saturday, August 21, 2010

in non-duality, there isn't any "thing"

What you are is "no thing",

not even existence or non-existence,

consciousness or unconsciousness,

in time or timeless.

All such designations are conceptual

and in duality.

--- John Wheeler

Thursday, August 19, 2010

an oxymoron ?

'the need to be free'

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"total presence"


instead of altering our state,


what we have always been.

--- John Blofeld

'narrative' tends to be extremely 'narrow'

No "thing" ever happens - except in stories.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Balsekar and Gray - remixed

The Unmanifest Source is negative;

its phenomenal manifestation is positive.

And both, as such, are concepts in the split-mind of a subject-object understanding.

In the absence of the conceptualization, the apperception happens that there truly is no thing (separate).

This Apperceiving, which can be pointed to as "the mutual existence of Unmanifest and manifest", alone IS.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I DO NOT BELIEVE in the existence of any object, in the factual being of anything objective whatsoever.---Wei Wu Wei

So if the sureness of reality is strictly defined, be cautious of its promise.

There is no promise, for promise entails time; and there is no time.

This is all there is, all we have, and there is no we to have it.

What is, is.

---Suzanne Foxton

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

you mean it's NOT ABOUT ME?

Many seem to believe that Enlightenment means that THEY would BE a certain way, and NOT otherwise.

I prefer the pointer that awakening to Enlightenment (What IS) is apperceiving that ALL IS - always, already, PRECISELY as-it-is.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

something is here (part three)

The seeker is the found,

the found is the seeker,

as soon as it is apperceived


-Wei Wu Wei

something is here (part two)

The Understanding is here,

as plain as day.

Of course It's here;

it's like saying,

"the air is here."

---Wayne Liquorman

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

if it ain't broke, don't fix it

Whatever "is happening"


"what's happening."

Sunday, July 25, 2010

If it is, it is.---Suzanne Foxton

IT is always,

already HERE,

regardless of what

seems to be.


There's no thing

to be seen

by any one.

There's only


Saturday, July 24, 2010

something is here

I am not (an object)



Thursday, July 22, 2010

...or the slightest end

If we are to know God,

it must be

without the slightest means.

---Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

'ignorance' is part of What IS (in case you hadn't noticed)

People expect "Enlightenment" or "What IS"

to look SOME way in particular.

But "It" is not a thing

to have ANY quality in particular,

except the "manifesting" of ALL that's arising,

HOWEVER this "appears."

Monday, July 19, 2010

"not always so"

This is the secret of the teaching.

It may be so,

but it is not always so.

---Suzuki Roshi

Sunday, July 18, 2010

the non-duality of 'duality' and 'non-duality'

The distinction

between ultimate and relative

is, itself,


---Jay Michaelson

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Causation exists only in mind:

it has no existence in the events

which appear to depend upon it.

---Wei Wu Wei

much ado about no thing

"Enlightenment" does not exist

phenomenally at all,

and "we" cannot have it---

because it is what-we-are!

---Wei Wu Wei

Sunday, July 11, 2010

no time elapsed

I isn't knowing;

I is Now-ing!

Friday, July 9, 2010

why didn't somebody tell me?

What people are looking for

is whatever shows up.

Is there anything else?

no object, no subject - "THIS"

From the beginning, not a thing is.---Hui Neng

I was never anything that could be enslaved.

I was never anything at all. Limitless.---Suzanne Foxton

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This is still IT

What people are looking for

is their life exactly as it is.

They just can't believe it.

---from an interview with Suzanne Foxton

sound familiar?

Imagine a party

where the children are trying

to pin the tail on the donkey


there's no donkey.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

There is only One.---Suzanne Foxton

There IS

only one thing


it's NOT

a thing.

Monday, July 5, 2010

"All IS"

As you walk the
Spiritual path
It widens
Not narrows
Until one day
It broadens
To a point
There is no
Path left at all.

---Wayne Liquorman

Sunday, July 4, 2010

wisdom AND compassion (part three)

All of you are perfect

just as you are


you could use

a little improvement.


Friday, July 2, 2010

where else?

Truth is reality itself.

Enlightenment is reality itself.

And here it is.

---Brad Warner

Monday, June 28, 2010

"Open Secret"

The "Secret" that

is completely "Open"

cannot be told.

There is no (phenomenal) activity called "seeing."---Wei Wu Wei

The "eye" does NOT

see any "thing."

"Both" arise non-dually.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

a 'bridge' from dual to non

When everything

is Awareness,

you can't even

call it 'Awareness.'

We're using

a temporary language.

---Jeff Foster

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Realizing constant change - is Peace.

What is called 'experiencing'

goes on,

whether "we" get

involved in it

or not.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

what is this?

That something IS

Shows that it isn't

A "thing."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

neti, neti


"physical", "conceptual", or "experiential",


"you" can refer to


is not


Monday, June 21, 2010

In Nineteen Plain Words

EVERYTHING COGNISED is just what is called 'mind',

And what is called 'mind' is just the cognising of everything.

Who done it? No Jack-in-the-box anywhere!

So what is there left to write about?

---Wei Wu Wei

Total Acceptance

Whatever is happening,

Whatever you're doing,


Okay with God.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

attention < L. adtendere < tendere 'to stretch' (esp. the mind) + ad 'towards'

Evidently, what we call 'attention' is phenomenal, as such, a movement ex-tended in time and space. Wei Wu Wei tells us that "good and earnest people...practicing this and that...may become very worthy, even holy phenomena---but that is all, for phenomenalisation is one-way traffic. There is no such thing as noumenalisation."

I do not mean to discount the value of "attention"; only to "locate it" in its proper sphere. Wei Wu Wei continues:

"Nothing we do in a time-context could have any noumenal significance, let alone be what we think of as 'true' or 'real.' No positive gesture or concept could effect noumenality. All we say and all we do and feel is confined to our little dream-world."

"That is why the negative way alone can help us, since it negates the positive, whereby---every positive impulse and concept being negated, or 'emptied' as it is called--- our noumenality remains and is revealed."

Friday, June 18, 2010


Whatever seems to be happening,

Wherever the attention lies,

That is what is happening,

And that is where it lies.

"You" can't get it "wrong".

---Suzanne Foxton


What-we-ARE/What IS

being ALL that IS,

can neither be known

nor not known,

neither found

nor escaped.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

"this ubiquitous non-object"

There only ever IS

whatever is.

Monday, June 14, 2010

refer (< L. re-, back + ferre, to bear)

The Final Understanding is not knowable, understandable.

You can't refer to "It."

All that can be referred to

is this dualistic universe.

---Wayne Liquorman

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Nothing I say is the Truth.

Advaita is like a well constructed box

(meaning it's internally consistent),

but it's not connected to anything.

---Wayne Liquorman

Saturday, June 12, 2010

wisdom AND compassion (part two)

One day, Suzuki(Roshi) noticed a student who was sitting on a stone looking at a sunflower that was growing nearby. He went over and sat by her.

"What are you doing?"

"Meditating with the sunflower," she said. "It rotates with the sun."

Suzuki sat with her for a long time. That night he referred to his garden visit.

"Unless you get through to emptiness, you are not practicing. But if you stick to the idea of emptiness, you are not a Buddhist yet. Someone was sitting in front of a sunflower, watching the sunflower, a cup of sun - so I tried it too. It was wonderful! I felt the whole universe in the sunflower. That was my experience. Sunflower meditation. A wonderful confidence appeared. You can see the whole universe in a flower. If you say, "Oh this is a sunflower which doesn't really exist" (laughing), that is not our zazen practice."

---from "Crooked Cucumber, The Life and Zen Teaching of Sunryu Suzuki" by David Chadwick

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Wisdom AND Compassion"

My view (Emptiness)

Is higher than the sky,


My attention to actions and their results

Is finer than flour.

---Guru Rinpoche

Saturday, June 5, 2010


All the various teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals have.

There does not exist, from an absolute point of view, any teaching which is more perfect or effective than another.

A teaching's value lies solely in the inner awakening which an individual can arrive at through it.

If a person benefits from a given teaching, that teaching is the supreme path, because it is suited to his or her nature and capacities.

---Namkhai Norbu

Friday, June 4, 2010

natural mindfulness?

The omniscient Longchenpa has said, "You may recognize your own nature, but if you do not meditate and get used to it, you will be like a baby left on a battlefield: you'll be carried off by the enemy, the hostile army of your own thoughts!"

In general terms, meditation means BECOMING FAMILIAR with the state of resting in the primordial, uncontrived nature, through being spontaneously, naturally, constantly mindful. It means getting used to leaving the state of awareness alone, divested of all distraction and clinging.

---H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Three Words Striking the Vital Point by Garab Dorje

1)Insight - Apprehending naked Awareness directly !

2)Commitment - Decisively knowing that there exists nothing other than this naked Awareness !

3)Conduct - Continuing with confidence that whatever arises will self-liberate in and as naked Awareness !

Monday, May 31, 2010

I am---but not, not ever, not possibly---as an object.

What is considered real

is actually

an illusory aspect of

the true reality.

The true reality

is considered unreal


it cannot be verified.

---Wayne Liquorman

Friday, May 28, 2010


The inseparability of appearance and emptiness

is the most essential and direct way of describing reality---

the absolute nature that has been present from the very beginning,


---Shechen Rabjam

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Is it real?

The "human experience" is a sort of "virtual reality": an "objective world" perceived and interpreted by "the body and the mind" to be independently existing.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

All IS

The peace that is "ours"

is apt to leave.

Only "Peace" that is TOTAL

has nowhere to go.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

regarding the Hsin Hsin Ming

Reality is perfect unity free of all reference points, with nowhere to stand and nothing to hold onto. It has never been spoken, never been written, never been imagined. It is not hidden, but in plain view. Cease to cherish opinions and it stands (unmasked) before your very eyes.---Adyashanti

the door is not locked


that neither we

nor anything else

is separate

from perceiving,

is all we need,


we need it.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

some details from an earlier post sudden,


deliverance is gradual.

The sudden coincidence

of relative comprehension

with absolute apprehension...

throws open the way

to deliverance from 'bondage'

to our conceptual universe.

Monday, May 17, 2010

"no thing exists"--- Hui Neng

If no thing exists,

How can there be change?

"There are no problems."---Suzanne Foxton

PROBLEM from the Greek PROBLEMA, literally 'a thing thrown forward', (especially for the mind to solve): Greek PRO, 'forward' + BLEMA, 'a throwing', 'something thrown'.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


"Objectivity" (the world of objects)

Is conceptual, as such.

"Pure Presence" is non-objective,

Free of the conceptual limitations

Of "time" and "space",

"self" and "other."

Friday, May 14, 2010

the essence of the message is that what is objectivised is not true as such

As long as nouns are used for the expression of a teaching,

that teaching is dealing with objects as such, whether the objects be physical or mental,

but the burden of the teaching can only be conveyed by the use of adverbial forms and by verbs,

for the teaching is concerned with functioning rather than anything nominal that functions, or with anything nominal that results from functioning,

both of which are purely inferential.---Wei Wu Wei

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Non-volitional Aware-ing is All there IS

Timeless Awakening is to




of EVERY "thing"...



and "external",


Monday, May 10, 2010

"There's nothing to say, and no one to say it to."

It's known

because nothing is known;

the play of not-knowing.

What you're left with

in not-knowing

is THIS.

There's nothing to say,

and no one to say it to,

because Life

is as it is.

---Jeff Foster

Sunday, May 9, 2010

"Enlightenment"---Relatively Considered by Wei Wu Wei

'There is a difference between Awakening and Deliverance:
the former is sudden, thereafter deliverance is gradual.
In fact what we mean by "Sudden Enlightenment" is
the perfect equivalence of phenomenal understanding with universal principal;
this is not reached by any stages at all.'---Shen Hui

Has any Master left us a clearer statement?

The sudden coincidence of relative comprehension with absolute apprehension,
whereby the division of mind into subject and object is healed
so that its wholeness supervenes,
in a spontaneous absence of duration,
throws open the way to deliverance from "bondage" to our conceptual universe.

With such authority, so simply stated, what "mystery" could remain,
what could there be to argue about?

We may continue to argue about the requisite preceeding conditions,
but the inescapable inference seems to be that relative perceiving and comprehending
must lie open to absolute apperceiving and apprehending,
for without the spontaneous im-mediacy of the apperceiving,
the apprehension of unicity could hardly be assumed to supervene.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Now is all there is.---Suzanne Foxton

Nothing happens

"before" or "after"



The True Nature of everything is just RIGHT HERE.

It's very obvious.

Whatever THIS is that we're trying to speak about,

It's always RIGHT HERE.

---Suzanne Foxton on Conscious TV


I must be total absence?

Since you are total presence.

---Wei Wu Wei

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

no label

This endless moment is what is,

and if the mind leaves it alone,

there is never anything "wrong."

---Suzanne Foxton

Sunday, May 2, 2010

no one to lose or find any thing

When the label


falls away,

all that remains

is "clear seeing."

---Roger Linden


There is no time

during which

some one


do something about

What IS.

Awareness is non-local.

We cannot move towards it nor away from it.

---David Bingham

Friday, April 30, 2010


We cannot truly "know" any thing

Because we ARE

What every "thing" IS.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"we can be aware of what-we-are in the act of knowing what-we-are-not"

The Supreme Vehicle is total negation of both elements of all possible contradictories (opposites), of ALL concepts and their counterparts.

It negates both positive and negative: it negates negation ITSELF. Resolutely and finally, in one completed gesture, it turns away from all statements and conclusions soever. Objectification is seen as objecti-fiction---and is once and for all wiped out.

This is true-seeing, whole-seeing, and liberation from all that constituted bondage, for negation is seen to be the true nature of illusory phenomena, which is void, and by means of Negation is that seen.

No elements of binding remain, for all binding is conceptual. Nor is there freedom---since there is no nonconceptual entity to be free, nor anything binding from which to be unbound. So that total phenomenal negation (absence) is found to be total noumenal affirmation (presence).

Negation is the truth, by knowing which we can be aware of what-we-are in the act of knowing what-we-are-not.

---Wei Wu Wei

"Knowing" without knower or known

We can never know

who we really are

as we know other things


we are the knowing.

So we must admit to

being knowledge.

Anything else

is only a concept.

---Jean Klein

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

not what we know, but what I AM

We tend to identify

with the limits

of personal "spotlight" vision,

and ignore

the unconditioned Totality

of "Floodlight" Vision,

which IS,


Always Here.

"to apperceive what, when, and where we are"

To be here,

all you have to do

is let go of

who you think you are.

That's all!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"All there IS is THIS"

What IS (Enlightenment)

is All that IS,


there IS no time.

experienc-ING is un-divided

When the mind finally stops,

Whether briefly or for a long period,

Oneness is

The only possible experience.

---James Braha

Sunday, April 25, 2010

"all-embracing and inter-penetrating"

Whole-seeing (apperceiving)

can be said to include


the "body-mind" and its "objects"

as aspects of

an overarching Presence.

no extending

All IS!

"embraced in obliterating Unity"

"Enlightenment" (or "What IS")

Indicates the Totality of Apperceiving


There is neither anyone to perceive,

Nor anything to be perceived.

Friday, April 23, 2010

"the Source and substance of all seeing"

Figuratively speaking, whole-seeing can be said to "underlie" divided-seeing.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Seeing is enough---from the source!

But what does one see?

"One" does not see. There is neither "one" nor "two", neither "self" nor "other", neither "subject" nor "object". Just a seeing of suchness as such.

Just a seeing which is both see-er and seen?

Which is neither see-er nor seen.

Which is...?

Pure non-objective relation.

Non-objective relation between what?

The "relation" is between phenomena, between mutually-dreamed objects, but the seeing is noumenal.

But what can mutually-dreamed objects do?

Nothing, their mutuality is also dreamed.


That is why it is true seeing: there is neither subject nor object, self nor other.

You mean because false or inferential seeing is excluded?

"False or inferential seeing" being conceptual interference.

I think I almost understand! Tell me more.

That is enough. Telling, even when it is possible, only hinders essential apprehension.

Because the essential apprehension is in-seeing?

In-seeing is cut off by out-seeing. In the absence of out-seeing it is present.

But what is present?

The source of all seeing. That alone is presence. In-seeing does not mean looking in one direction instead of in another, "in" instead of "out", from the same center, as is commonly supposed, but seeing FROM within instead of FROM without, seeing from the source, which is noumenon, not from manifestation, which is phenomenon.

So it really should be not "in-seeing" and "out-seeing", but "inside-seeing" and "outside-seeing"?

Inelegant and still inaccurate, but certainly less misleading! The one is whole-seeing, the other divided-seeing: that is the essential, for a spatial discrimination could not be correct.

This sounds important?

How could it not be? Perceiving is everything, "Seeing, seeing, seeing", as Rumi cried---and he was not referring to the phenomenally-based observation of objects by subjects, but to the noumenally-based in-seeing that is devoid of both!

---Wei Wu Wei

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

partial vision

"subject" and "object"

are the "edges"

of a conceptual "divide"

that gets superimposed

onto "Undivided Mind."

Monday, April 19, 2010

What we are is not an entity extended in space and in duration.

Non-extension and extension


Between Absolute and relative.

---Wei Wu Wei


There is no "Enlightened" perspective or point of view.

A "point of view" means the point of view of an "object".

"Direct-perceivING" is perspective-less, not a view "extended from a point."

Sunday, April 18, 2010


What is, is.

Is it not so?

---Elke von der Osten

"direct, non-volitional apperceiving"

Zen explains nothing.

It just sees.

Sees what?

Not an Absolute Object

but Absolute Seeing.

---Thomas Merton

Thursday, April 15, 2010


The reason why "that" is the most mischievous word, metaphysically, in our language, is that it points to what-we-are as an object of what-we-are-not, whereas the reverse is the precise truth.

It is nefaste in that its use necessarily obliges the user to be speaking as a phenomenal object envisaging its own noumenality objectively.

Whereas the relative truth he is seeking is that PHENOMENA are just the objectification of noumenon, and therefore are "that" whose SUBJECT is "this".

---Wei Wu Wei


What you are looking for is what is looking.


Because there IS

Nothing OTHER than that

(which is THIS).

"fact" derived from L facere, to make

The most amazing "fact" is that there aren't any!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

hidden in plain sight

ACTUAL as-it-is-ness is UBIQUITOUS!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

the voidness of apperceiving

"You" don't "get some thing";

"NO THING" "gets you"

(and "every thing else").

Monday, April 12, 2010

"I am this which I am."

"I am that I am", said Jahweh

---which no doubt means "this which I am".

We too are "this which we are",

for THIS is everything

that ever was, is, or ever could be.

---Wei Wu Wei

"We" don't have to look in order to "see" that "this" is wherever "we" happen to be.

An object is always over there;

The whereabouts of "this" is very precisely here.

An object is only in one place,

Whereas the situation of "this" is ubiquitous.

True, "this" is objectively absent,

But non-objectively "this" is eternally present.

---Wei Wu Wei

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I, who am no thing---am every thing.

The world is illusory;

Brahman alone is Real;

Brahman is the world.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

"One, without a second"

Everything, absolutely EVERYTHING



There can be


(no matter "what you do").

Monday, April 5, 2010

"beyond knowledge and ignorance"

Q: How can one know the Self?

A: The Self always is. There is no knowing It.

It is not some new knowledge to be acquired.

What is new and not here and now

Cannot be permanent.

---Ramana Maharshi

"this which I am"

Enlightenment is not a goal to achieve or an idea to grasp.

It is the timeless presence that you already are...

---Scott Kiloby

Saturday, April 3, 2010

castles made of mind

Whole-mind or Total-awareness

Transcends and includes

the body-mind's "point of perception

and conception."

Friday, March 26, 2010

concepts, all concepts

Nothing has ever emerged from Source,


There is no Source.

---Dan Berkow

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Is the sun prior to its shining?

Monday, March 22, 2010

"Judge not, lest ye be judged!"

A neo-Advaita version of Jesus' famous dictum might run something like this, "Judge not others, lest you also judge yourself!"


No matter where you point, it's always there. But as soon as you grasp it as an object, it's NOT "IT."---Wayne Liquorman

Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Look, the Self is only Be-ing, not being this or that. It is simple Being."

NIRVANA is perfection. In the Perfect State there is neither subject nor object; there is nothing to see, nothing to feel, nothing to know. Seeing and knowing are the functions of the mind. In NIRVANA there is nothing but the blissful pure consciousness "I am."---Ramana Maharshi

Saturday, March 20, 2010

there IS no object (or subject)

In Non-duality there isn't anything. There's only something in duality. The only place something exists, is in duality.---Wayne Liquorman

Friday, March 19, 2010

"there's no there there"

We can apprehend that the processes of perception and conception require what we think of as "time" to take place. Thus we may notice that taking the "results" of these processes to be objectively existent, is drawing a veil of phenomenality (and separation) over our non-dual Noumenal Nature.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"I am This, Here, Now!"

The apperceiving of "This"

Is just awakening from the dream

Of an objective universe

To the actuality of what is.

---Wei Wu Wei

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"seeing directly without inference or interpretation"

Did you see that?
Yes, of course.
Well, do you believe it?
Why do you ask?
Because for you seeing-is-believing,
For me seeing is---just SEEING.---Wei Wu Wei

Saturday, March 13, 2010

(ap)perceiving: without a perceiver or perceived

Perceiving non-inferentially,

Seeing the phenomenal universe as-it-is,

Without judgment,

Is perception of "suchness,"

Of "as-it-is-ness."

The subject of such an object

Is not then itself an object.

---Wei Wu Wei

Monday, March 8, 2010

the "Functioning of Totality"

EVERYTHING that "you're doing"
is IT.
you think you're doing
"something else."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

See-ING without a see-ER or any THING seen.

My seeing is the same as yours,
Only mine is uncluttered.---Tony Parsons

No amount of seeking can ever lead to Mind.---Huang Po

"You" cannot "see" Mind

Because "you" think "you" are looking.

And "you" cannot see LOOKING,

For Mind is what is looking, not "a" you.

No "you" could ever see Mind.

"You" removed---Mind is HERE.---Wei Wu Wei

Friday, February 26, 2010

"We" cannot conceive of the conceivING which we ARE.

Mind must not be conceivED:

ConceivING is what it IS.


That which is conceivED

Is conceived by a "you" or a "me";

ConceivING is the Mind

Which is what we ARE.---Wei Wu Wei

Monday, February 22, 2010

"this" and "that"

If we clearly apperceive the difference
Between direct apprehension in Whole-mind
And relative comprehension by reasoning
In mind divided into subject-and-object,
All the apparent mysteries will disappear.

For that will be found to be the key
Which unlocks the doors of incomprehension.---Wei Wu Wei


Noumenon, after all, is what phenomenality IS

And all that relativity IS---is Absolute.---Wei Wu Wei

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Noumenon and phenomenon

It's very simple.

All there IS, is Consciousness, so all there IS, is Noumenon.

When "you experience" Consciousness, it's phenomenon.

---Wayne Liquorman

"Mind" Our Own Business

Phenomena ARE "mind,"
All that is sensorially-perceived IS "mind,"
And we are the perceiving sentience.

Sentience as such is phenomenal experience of "mind,"
And "mind" means, and is, noumenon.

The apparent existence of phenomena
Is the apparent existence of "mind,"
But we can only be conscious of "mind,"
When we become aware of noumenal presence,
Using the word "I" to indicate our phenomenal absence.---Wei Wu Wei

Friday, February 19, 2010

I am neither object nor subject

I AM THE ANSWER, what is being looked-for, the sought, and as such unfindable.

Precisely because it is I that am askING, lookING, or seekING, and so am devoid of objective or apparent being.

For I am neither object nor subject, but the presence of the mutual absence of both---which is the only presence there could ever be.

Why is this so?

Because all things appear extended in space-time, and their extension, and all that is extended, is what I am.

Note: Yes, you can say it also, and any apparent sentient being.---Wei Wu Wei

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I am THIS which is devoid of objectivity as of identity

THAT (which is "objectivisable") cannot possibly be free.
THIS (which is not objectivisable) cannot possibly be bound.

If I am apparently identified with that which is objectivisable, that "me" so-created is bound.
If I remain unidentified with what is objectivisable, or if I am released from such apparent identification, I, eternally free, appear to recover my apparently lost freedom.

For I am THIS which is devoid of objectivity as of identity.
What I am not is THAT, which appears to be identified with what is objectivised.

Yes, indeed, it is as simple as that.

Note: The identification in question is conceptual only; otherwise what is objectivisable and what is not are identical.---Wei Wu Wei

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

who is looking for what?

I am no object, you are pure I.
The Sought is the Seeker---
All else is just bondage.---Wei Wu Wei

Saturday, February 13, 2010


He who binds to himself a joy
Doth the winged life destroy.
But he who kisses the joy as it flies,
Lives in eternity's sunrise.---William Blake

Friday, February 12, 2010


Haven't you heard of someone seasoned in the Way of Ease,

Who neither rejects thought nor seeks Truth?

This Clear Light is beyond all opposites;

Like space it knows no boundaries,

Never coming or going, it's already complete.

It is only when you hunt for it that you lose it.

You cannot take hold of it, but equally you cannot escape it.

And while you can do neither, it goes on its own Way.---Yung-chia

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What ISN'T a concept?

The implied Unicity, the totality of undivided mind, is itself a concept of its own division, for relatively "it" cannot be conceived or known at all.

All that could ever be known about "it" is that being Absolute, it has no objective existence whatever, other than that of the totality of all possible phenomena which constitute its relative appearance.

---Wei Wu Wei


Anything to which we can cling is not our sacred self. For some, the trust is present to let go of all, including assurance of knowing.---Robert Wolfe

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Is it a concept?

Ram Tzu knows this...

The Truth is unspeakable.
It can only be pointed at.

The more elaborate and ornate
The sign post
The more easily do you
Mistake it for the destination.

Except for you
Oh so spiritual ascetics.

For you...

The plainer and simpler
The sign post
The more easily do you
Mistake it for the destination.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I, "too ubiquitous to measure"

That which is entirely unlimited and unbounded is uncontainable, thus unlocatable. Not restricted by anything, there could be no point at which it was not; permeating everything that was material or immaterial, no such thing as "space" would remain. There being no location at which it was not fully present, "distance" would be irrelevant: here is there without interface.---from Absolute Enigma by Robert Wolfe

Saturday, February 6, 2010

-ING !

Living is an absolutely

non-objectifiable continuum,

an ever-present-now.

--- Jean Klein

Friday, February 5, 2010

"Not two" points to "THIS"

Consider the following.

There is no possibility of separation from "present experienc-ING".

Everything, every "external object" and every "internal state" are, in that regard, aspects of "present experienc-ING", not independent realities.

So, in this verticality of "present experienc-ING", looking/seeking for something "else" can serve no point.

"THIS" ("present experienc-ING") IS "IT", already, always.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

"I never call myself."

Consciousness is its own proof, without object and without witness.---Jean Klein

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

from chapter 2 of All Else Is Bondage

The seeing of Truth cannot be dualistic (a "thing" seen).
It cannot be seen by a see-er, or via a see-er.
There can only be a seeing which itself is Truth.---Wei Wu Wei

Monday, February 1, 2010

closing an open door?

I neither exist nor do not exist,
I neither am nor am not.
What I am is inexpressible by means of any concept such as "existence" or "being"---nor is what I am conceptually definable at all.
Any attempt whatever to express or to apprehend what I am---which is what you are---is closing an open door in order to pass through it.---Wei Wu Wei

Absolute Presence

The "seeker" is looking for some "thing".

(It may be definite or vague)

"Inherent Awakeness" is not some "thing"

Awake to some "thing" else,

But is seamlessly whole.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Undivided Mind"

Before you know anything, you are everything.---Stuart Schwartz

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Awakening is from the dream (projection) of all objectivity, as such.

Friday, January 22, 2010

catch the wind

The "Secret" which is completely OPEN cannot be told.

a very brief conversation

Alan Watts: What must one do to become enlightened?
Tarthang Tulku: Nothing!
Alan Watts: (laughter)


Only in not-knowing, this is all known. Innocent not-knowing is what I am.---Unmani

an untruth

Truth cannot be communicated: it can only be laid bare.---Wei Wu Wei

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Not-knowing is most intimate.---Lo-han

"no thing exists"---Hui Neng

EVERY "thing" is only apparently (conceptually) such.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

non-dual experiencing

Sailor Bob:"Experiences come and go. You are the experiencING. Instead of looking for a bigger and better experience, realize that not a single experience could take place without the experiencing essence. Relaxing back into it, you'll see there's a subtle warmth or well-being in that." It's what you ARE.

Monday, January 18, 2010

All there IS, is Awareness

A pointer:

"Impersonal Awareness" includes all "things"

which therefor are not independent entities,

but aspects of "Awareness".

IT IS HERE! (where else?)

All I can do is point you to what you already(always) are innately knowing.
We're used to gross sensations, and that's what we're looking for. But the beauty or enjoyment is in the subtlety and simplicity.
This is it. Full stop. Just as it is.---Sailor Bob

Sunday, January 17, 2010

One Without a Second


at the level of Non-duality,

which is TOTAL,

there can be nothing OTHER.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Seeing is undivided


"you" see

some "thing".

Thursday, January 14, 2010

you ARE (inconceivable)

There is no such state as seeing the real. Who is to see what? You can only BE the real---which you are, anyhow. The problem is only mental. Abandon false ideas; that is all. There is no need of true ideas. There aren't any.---Nisargadatta

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Sailor Bob often says, "You know that you are." What he is pointing to is actually PRIOR to ordinary, subject-object knowing. Therefore, it's NOT something that can or NEED be verified. In other words, you ARE---prior to knowing that "you" are.

Friday, January 8, 2010

from "The User Illusion"

We can derive knowledge from the world;

but we cannot derive the world from knowledge.

---Tor Norretranders


If we use the term "Enlightenment"

to point to What We ARE,

we can use the phrase "awakening to Enlightenment"

to refer to the realization THAT WE ARE !

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Absence of all concepts is pre-existing.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


As long as nouns are used for the expression of a teaching, that teaching is dealing with objects as such, whether the objects be physical or mental, but the burden of the teaching can only be conveyed by the use of adverbial forms and by verbs, for the teaching is concerned with functioning rather than with anything nominal that functions, or with anything nominal that results from functioning, both of which are purely inferential.---Wei Wu Wei

from "Ask the Awakened", chapter 40

So it is in the living-dream: when any dreamed-sosie realises that he is identical with everything in the living-dream, and that everything is identical with (is nothing but) himself---he finds that he is awake, i.e. THAT HE IS THE DREAMER ALSO. For dreamed, dreamer, and dream are one, that is just a dream-ING.---Wei Wu Wei

Saturday, January 2, 2010

from "Open Secret", chapter 70

Apart from manifestation manifested there is no such thing as non-manifestation. Manifestation is the only non-manifestation. There is no other non-manifestation at all. To conceive it as "the source" of manifestation, that is, as some thing-in-itself, is as misleading as to conceive manifestation as a thing-in-itself.---Wei Wu Wei