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Lets Go Bowling
August 29th, 2006, 03:00 AM
Rant 177

"The highest effort lies in abandoning attachment to works. The highest meditation lies in the mind without claims. The highest wisdom lies in not grasping anything as being what it appears to be."
-Atisha a.k.a. Jowo Jey

"C'est dans le moments durs qu'on connait les vrais amis."

"Firewood does not turn into ashes."

"When we believe our thoughts, we suffer, but when we question them, we don't suffer. Freedom is as simple as that. When the unquestioned mind moves out of its arguments with reality, we move into alignment with constant change. After all, change is happening anyway, whether we like it or not."
-Byron Kathleen Reid

"The problem with the New Age is that it gets old quick."
-Sam Bercholz (founder of Shambhala Publications)

"The West is now quite weak --- it can't cope with adversity and it has little compassion for others. People are like plants -- they can develop ways of countering negative forces. If people took more responsibility for their own problems, they would become more self-confident."
-HH the Dalai Lama (Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso)

Acquiescence to being "only human" is simply the state of being complacent with our slavery. Posturing oneself as "humble" is really a cynical ploy to both maintain one's delusions and to resist anything that might expose life as something that is not exactly how we imagine it to be. "Freedom? Enlightenment?" people say, "Be real!" But this "being real" is simply a state of personal abdication to the over-indulgent comfortable and co-dependent lifestyles that keep you wandering in suffering while you are deceived into believing otherwise.

Too often we claim that we are only human and therefore shouldn't be too energetic in changing or uprooting imperfections because we can't stand to bear our reality. It's much easier to just remain the way we are and imagine that such a state is natural or 'spiritual' or at least accepting of our human 'limitations.' But remember this, change happens whether you care or not. When people say 'stay in limitations,' they really mean "don't think you can ever do something I can't/won't do." In this case then, any seeming humility is really just a disguise for a lack of aspiration. Not only a lack of aspiration in the person who pretends humility, but also in their active discouragement or disparagement of any aspiration in anyone else. My sestren and brethren in Eris and/or in the greater Sangha, we need to stamp such mediocrity into the ground. Or sink it completely.

Free individuals are not meant to be median, medium, normal, or average. They are not meant to simply plod along in pretensions of humility simply to avoid the criticism and/or wrath of those who refuse to be free, or those who refuse even the possibility of freedom. (Usually because such sorry souls have given up on themselves and their own possibilities. They couldn't bear their own reality and thus will not accept that anyone else could. "We're only human," you'll often hear them say.)

We're only human, right? So we can't be expected to stand up or own up to the reality of who we are with all of our good, bad, pretty and ugly. Nope. Don't talk about reality. Just talk about whatever will make us feel good or better. Or whatever New Age 'spiritual' sounding placebo beliefs we can absorb so we don't have to ever awaken to the poignant radiance of existence with all of its sadness and happiness. We don't want to stand up. It's too hard to breath fresh air. We don't want to get up and stand outside of our nice comfortable cocoons. That is too hard. In comparison to the fetid warmth of our cocoons, fresh air seems cold. Our legs are too sore from being cramped up inside our own egoistic walls. It's hard to stretch them now. Too painful. And the most painful worst realization is that we ourselves put ourselves in this position, with our cocoons of justification, rationalization, and excuses. Nope, we say. Talk about something less painful. Talk about sweet saccharine light and universal love so that we can imagine ourselves to be angels or "good" beings. So that we don't ever have to wake up to the Dawn of Awareness with its cold fresh air and the fact that we have to stand up on our own and leave our nice warm comfortable cocoons. We buy into whatever delusion will allow us to stay within our cocoons and reify our sense of ourselves as being "nice" or "spiritual."

Or we build up our cocoons around self-defeat and negativity. We justify this by saying that the world is "the way it is" and that there is nothing really good or positive we can do about this. We look at the failures in our own lives and in others' lives and use these as excuses to stay in our own self-absorbed cocoons. We get confused and succumb to the surrender of the view that the sun is setting. That time is running out. That there is never enough. That nothing good lasts. That we can't hope to be really free so we should give up the whole project of liberation or awakening. We buy into our own delusions that we can't ever stand up and walk around outside of our cocoons because deep down inside we are afraid of giving up are current sense of who we are.
The above attitudes are the most common attitudes, sadly. So we run away from freedom. It is too profound to be understood from a ten second sound byte. We can't point and click on it and have it loaded into our minds. It might actually take some time to realize or to get to know. We can't go out and buy some book on it. There is no "in-a-nutshell" version. So we choose stupidity and we collect various religious and spiritual teachings to justify our stupidity and make it seem "wise." Because we want to be known as wise, but without actually having to be wise. We go out to find books and spiritual teachings that confirm our "shopping" ethic...the idea that we can go out to some place, see something wonderful to add to our lifestyle, and then buy it. Or we keep looking for some leader or guru or priest who can give us a quick-version that we can convince ourselves will make us "spiritual" or "wise." We don't actually want to have to practice anything that might not add to our pretty mental collections and experiences. We don't actually want freedom and we certainly don't wish to get to know any part of reality that doesn't reify ourselves or support the justifications we make.

We want freedom only because we believe our version of freedom will get us all we want, destroy all we hate, and ignore all the rest of existence that doesn't coddle and nurture our egos. We think that freedom means having the most amount of choices between consumer goods, life experiences, or lifestyles. But this is only part of the Great Deception. Buddhists call it ignorance...the root of our sufferings...or our wandering around the wheel of life seeking to only satiate desires by increasing our desires. Vajra-masters call this a honey coated razor. The rock band Soundgarden called it a "pretty noose."

In Vajrayana Buddhism, it is said that one cannot awaken or realize freedom until all self-justifications are destroyed. While Buddhism is very compassionate compared with other religions, there remains no room for coddling egos or for stroking individual delusions. We laugh at them and treat ourselves with the kindness that grandparents may show little children, but that doesn't mean we will play nice with the children when we see them about to harm themselves and others. A quick sharp slap may be required, not as punishment but as medicine. In the same way, Buddhist teachers will continually discourage the building up of self-justifications or reasons. What is encouraged is reality.

What is that thing? Reality? Something that can be hinted at with language. Something that language is a part of. Something that our minds and bodies are also a part of. But it is not something that can be understood by recourse to all of the little schemas we have devised as a species to keep ourselves in delusion. Not religion, not culture, not philosophy, not any thing that you can add to your sense of who you are. This sort of awakening, which is considered the ground of reality, is said to be what the mind is really all about. But we reject this because we won't see it. It seems like "nothing" because we can't own it. We can't capture it or buy it. We can go to a guru, but this guru, if she is authentic, can not give it to us. They can point out ways to realize it for ourselves.

In a traditional formula, it is said that the freedom of waking up to both who/what we are and what existence is might not be easily realized because it is too close to be recognized, to deep to explore, to easy to believe, and too excellent to fit into our ego-schemas. We don't want this freedom simply because it doesn't add anything to who we think we should be. We don't like it because it doesn't promise us happiness and thrills, only freedom and some weird thing called subjectless subjectivity. We are so used to licking from our honey coated razors that we couldn't even imagine that there may be some happiness that doesn't depend on who we are or upon what is happening with us or with the world at large. (A world we delude ourselves into thinking either exists somewhere "out there" apart from us, or somewhere ultimately derived from our "selves," much like the New Age idea expressed in the whole "you create your reality" doctrine which is taken entirely out of context from the Buddhist 'intentions create actions' theme.) You have choices in how to interact but you cannot escape reality. Even withdrawal into your cocoons is a choice you make.

Instead of seeing the truth that the sun is perpetually shining, that life is perpetually living, you get into the delusion that the whole universe can only be understood from your own point of view and from the whole social delusion of scarcity and of the "setting" sun. Instead of seeing time as being endless, you see yourself as somehow never having enough of it, as if time was something you could possess in certain amounts. You get confused by your own strategies of denying reality and start to think that the way you see the world is "real" and those who agree with you as "realistic." But reality isn't any of that. It isn't beholden to any of our ideas about it. Reality is not something that can be possessed. It won't be understood until you learn how to wake up to it and see what the hell is really going on. It is high time we start growing up to realize this.

-Irreverend Hugh
August 28th, 2006

Sang gye cho dang tsog kyi chok nam la
Jang chub bar du dag ni kyab su chi
Dak gi jin sok gyi pay so nam kyi
Dro la pen chir sang gye drub par shok

"Am Yisrael Chai!"

Infinite Grey
August 29th, 2006, 03:03 AM
I enjoy apathy

August 29th, 2006, 03:38 PM
*looks for remote to turn off computer*