When we long for wisdom to take root in our lives, we’ve come to the right place by turning to the Buddha Dharma. It’s not an easy path, and no one said it was, but it will provide us with the reliable wisdom tools we are looking for, to awaken to our full potential, and growing a competent and capable nature along the way. This is a path proven to reignite our inherent wisdom and help us polish that diamond of light that lives within.
Most of us think of meditation when Buddhism is spoken of, but it is far from the whole picture.
Meditation is only a fraction of the whole palette of the wisdom teachings and one of the practical methods to” get it” rather than the method.
Meditation is practical. It is found in every moment of life when we live deeply. No one needs a special cushion for that, even if having one is a good reminder to use it to get into our formal practice, or keep it up – if we have one. Through meditation, we can experience the two realities of our everyday existence as a living fact—the relative and the ultimate, simultaneously. Even while living in the relative reality of so many challenges and distractions, we can touch upon the ultimate by staying present, aware, and making friends with how things are.
If we never withdraw our heads from the busy ant nest of life, we will continue to suffer extensively. We need to balance our continuous sufferings and worries by resting in all there is, as it is, not as we want it to be, and the knowledge to distinguish the difference. By embracing the two realities, we learn how to keep a bird’s eyes perspective on our busy entanglements, and eventually realize that nothing distinguishes us from the completeness.
When we say that we see something out there, for example, a tree, the tree’s visual sight doesn’t happen from the side of the tree alone. Like everything else, it is empty of self inherent existence. All our experiences are resting in the hands of the cosmic law of interdependence.
For example, when having a functioning eye organ, the information of visually perceiving the tree runs through our eye-consciousness and is transmuted through our so-called sixth sense, evaluating the experience as good, bad, or neutral. What I here call” a sixth sense” is jet another consciousness, assess the experience, and, most of the time, is mistaken for being an I. A person. A separate self.
When we look closer, we discover no such thing as a separate self or a different tree. Its all bits and parts of a dance that is continuously changing. We can put labels on it and have opinions about it until we turn red and blue, but that will not affect the actual reality of how it is.
Many of us come to the practice of the Buddha Dharma to seek relief from the harsh currents of the relative reality, such as loss, sickness, and grief. Through the practice, we develop compassion, good-heartedness, patience, and generosity. And we can continue to grow on the path when we are allowing our hearts to delight in the presence of that which lies beyond nirvana. Provided that we are not relating to meditation as a tool to be worshipped, but as something to put into action.
This is where we get the deepest kind of relief. It allows us to get out of the obsessive grip of our busy minds and into the way of how it is. While meditating, we can more easily see that we are eternal winds that rides the nonexistence clouds, inseparable from everything around us, since we are that.
Each of us can awaken to a remembrance of the two realities as one. No one has to be a man or be born in the Himalayas to do that. All of us have always been resting in the grace of the two realities intertwined, unknowingly. That’s what we truly are.
We love meditation because it stills our minds and brings us home. No one should have to be deprived of that delightful genuineness of what an authentic path has to offer. There is guidance to receive; we just have to reach out for it. So as its all here, what is needed for us to sustain it and give it a place in our daily lives and the Western societies?
Sustaining a personal practice without guidance is hard. We should be asking for nothing less but a miracle to see this prospect through. And the miracle we are looking for is not to walk on water or dance in mid-air, the miracle is to be sincere about our spiritual development and start where we are by walking on this Earth aware of both our feet touching the ground with every step we take. Realizing that we are part of all that exists, the planet is not apart from us. We are nature. The miracle we should be praying for is that we wake up to remember right now that everything is possible if we put our minds to it.