Thursday, August 28, 2008

Facing the Wall


Each practitioner has to SIT DOWN, facing his/her personal Wall, and LOOK at it.

Sitting down means STABILIZING YOUR MIND.

FACING THE WALL means to FOCUS on your own mind, as the object of concentration.

LOOKING means PENETRATING the Wall.


If you are skillful enough, you don´t need to physically sit down. You can "SIT" while walking. As long as you are able to keep a peaceful mind, you are SITTING.

Facing the wall means to keep your attention on your own mind.

Mind here means the SKANDAS.

Unless you focus on them, you will never know the root of suffering, and consequently, the wheel will keep turning.

Looking means penetrating, using INSIGHT to SEE the real nature of the wall.

If you don´t know how to Sit down your mind, you better find a master who can teach you. But remember that sitting is not enough.

After sitting, you have to face your wall and look at it.

Analyzing is not looking.

Thinking is not looking.

In fact, in order to SEE, you will have to CRACK your INTELLECTUAL MIND.

When you SEE, that is SATORI.

SEEING THE NATURE OF MIND IS SATORI.

But SATORI is not enough. You have to familiarizate yourself with it: that is REALIZATION.

Don´t fall asleep, or you will find the Kyoshaku on your back.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Namaste

Thank you for your wonderful insightful post and your great blog to help people see their true nature. What a coincidence; reading the platform sutra, finding your blog and meeting another dear friend!!

marpa said...

Namaste

Thanks to your comment now I know
a little bit about KelBundoora,
Warramunga, Banhul and Mt.Cooper.

Serendipity and Joshu.

I wish you the best.

MU



bodhi28 said...

Namaste

MU indeed. If only we could sit with the unknown and become the unknown!!!!

Met you last night when I heard the rain outside or in fact right NOW

I know you want to keep silent and stop writing but please do not stop spreading the Dharma - the greatest merit according to the Buddha. It's not often you come across a Good Friend, after Hui Neng, who wants to help you get on the other side of the shore.

OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI OM

marpa said...

Hi bodhi:

How could anybody spread the dharma
when the dharma is everywhere?

The need to write is over, but life goes on, and people like you show up, so interaction never ends.

If can help in any way,
just let know.

Stay well

bodhi28 said...

Pranam Marpa

Yes indeed the Dharma and the Ox is everywhere so what's the need to spread it.

But the Ox is stubborn and needs restraining. Hard work but worth it.

Many thanks for the help offered.

God Bless and Namaste

marpa said...

Good luck bodhi.

Ox in harness

Namaste