Vector8 Journals

Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Clear View

"So where exactly is this Buddha nature? It is in the sky-like nature of our mind. Utterly open, free and limitless, it is fundamentally so simple and so natural that it can never be complicated, corrupted, or stained, so pure that it is beyond even the concept of purity and impurity. To talk of this nature of mind as sky-like, of course, is only a metaphor that helps us to begin to imagine its all-embracing boundlessness, for the Buddha nature has a quality the sky cannot have, that of the radiant clarity of awareness. As it is said: 'It is simply your flawless present awareness, cognizant and empty, naked and awake.'" (The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche)
Just before you go out you check what the weather looks like outside. From the grey clouds, it looks like rain. Do you take your umbrella and a warm jacket with you, just in case? Or do you ignore the weather believing it’s going to be a sunny day no matter what the weather looks like or the weather man has predicted.

When majority of people are expecting rain because of the climactic conditions, it's going to take more than strong belief or positive thinking to manifest a sunny day. You need a miracle, mate. On second thoughts, you need to know the Truth. Is there such a thing as a weather or climactic conditions.

The clouds and weather forecasts represent human beliefs sometimes referred to as race mind, carnal mind, ordinary mind or mortal mind. If your focus is only on race mind beliefs you will miss the ever-present real Mind, your Buddha nature.

How do you get to know the real Mind, your Buddha nature? You have to experience it in a spiritual practice such as meditation, Yoga or being in silence. Once you’ve experienced Mind, you know it is always present. Our Buddha nature is like an aeroplane ascending above the clouds. You look out of the window and bask in the radiant blue sky. The sky is the constant truth behind the clouds; our Buddha nature that human beliefs obscure. What happened to the clouds? They haven't gone away, they are still down there. But if you don't rise above the clouds you will never know the radiance that you are; you would still be living your life based on appearances, and other people's beliefs.

And you know something, when I ignore weather conditions and focus on the radiant sky, the sun "comes out" to play.

I already know the radiance of Mind. I already know stillness is my nature. Nothing can ever distract me from my Buddha nature.

Light and Love,