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Buddhadharma : Spring 2015
spring 2 0 1 5 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 59 helps clear our minds. My friend once sent me a card with a picture of a high school girl who had a cotton ball in place of her head. My friend said that was how her head felt. And it’s true—this is what it feels like to be confused about reality. Clearing up this ignorance and gaining conviction in the view clears the mind. When our head is not clear, our thoughts cre- ate solidity. We all know this experience. But when we have conviction in the view of subtle imperma- nence, our thoughts subside and we can recognize that primordial consciousness is always present. The nonrecognition of yeshe, when not supported by the conceptual confusion brought about by thoughts, is actually a very thin layer of ignorance. When we are not caught in this confusion, none of our senses shut down; we still see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. So what is not recognized? Only yeshe, timeless awareness. Once you clear your head com- pletely, you are immediately in timeless awareness. Where else could you be? You are not falling asleep or lost in thoughts, caught up in the movement of subjective mind; your sensory perceptions are all wide awake—so where else could you be? When timeless awareness introduces itself to us, we see the enlightened mind of our own true nature. We say “enlightened” in contrast to the past experience of being in the dualistic world created by thought. Since one is labeled “ignorant,” the other is labeled “enlightened.” There is nothing we can pinpoint on its own as “enlightened.” It is just what it is, timeless awareness—“timeless” because there is no arising, dwelling, or ceasing, no past, pres- ent, or future, and “awareness” because we are still aware beings rather than inanimate objects. Timeless awareness is essentially what all beings are. And since the objective world doesn’t exist without the subjective mind, it is the essence of the whole universe. Whenever you remember to meditate, recognize that in the relative, you are engaged with the world in a moment that is arising and ceasing in one-sixtieth of a second. You can- not engage in any other way. Once you recognize timeless awareness, you are no longer in relativity, caught in dualistic mind. As soon as you have this recognition, you are in the present. So, with time or without time, in the relative or in the absolute, you are always in the present state.