Buddha nirvana


Buddhist Traps

Posted in Buddhist by buddhanirvana on August 25, 2009

Picture 8 The most pressing goal of Buddhism, especially with regard to Zen, is to get a momentary glimpse into the luminous or pure Mind thus to experience it, directly, face to face (keep in mind that luminous Mind is interchangeable with other terms like One Mind, Unborn Mind, Buddha Mind, etc.). 

In order to do this, the Zen practitioner has available two tools, namely, Buddhist  scriptures and other forms of literature which can be likened to a huge set of very detailed road maps, and secondly, certain meditational practices.  In respect to the latter, the Zen practitioner uses meditation to remove the perturbations that are thickly plastered over the luminous Mind so that its clear light nature can be eventually disclosed.

However, each of these tools is not without its problems.  Turning to Buddhist scripture it is easy to get drawn into metaphysics clinging to mere concepts as if such concepts were in actual possession of Mind.  What constitutes true reality, namely, the realization of the luminous Mind is thus taken up by means of fanciful thought determinations much like creating a great work of fiction which never gets off the pages but vividly lives in the reader’s mind.

Turning to meditation, it can quickly turn into sitting for its own sake as if the longer one is able to sit (so the belief goes) the more likely they will return to their natural pristine nature, whatever that is.  But this is not the real purpose of meditation.  First of all, such a practice as just sitting can’t bring one face to face with the pure Mind.  Correct meditation is only intended to facilitate mind’s own interpenetration into itself such that as it goes into itself it must pass through its own phenomena, which are like vibrations, until only it remains.

Both the tools of Buddhist scripture and meditation are not meant to be ends in themselves.  If one attempts to make the means the end they are hopelessly lost.  This is like keeping the fish net and forgetting the fish or clinging to the rabbit trap and forgetting to catch the rabbit. 

The whole point of studying Buddhist literature and practicing meditation is to catch the big mysterious fish of Buddha Mind—not to enshrine the Sutras at the expense of awakening or indulge in sitting meditation thus to remain clueless as to what actually animates this lump of flesh.

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