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Buddhadharma : Summer 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 0 8 18 of the sacred. They are treasures to be supported and sus- tained by recognizing and fully allowing them. That means that each of us needs to recognize and trust the open space of our minds as the source of all positive qualities and the best medicine in times of suffering. Your positive qualities have nothing to do with ego, for they are not produced by ego but arise naturally and spontaneously from the open space of being. It is like receiving an e-mail from an enlightened being. Open it and experience it in that moment. To either doubt or grasp the experience of a positive moment is to not trust the basic openness or space within you as the inexhaustible source of virtue. So recognizing, trusting, and abiding in the openness of being without doubt is the antidote to ego and allows all the positive qualities of a buddha to arise in your life in order that you may truly benefit others. narayan lieBenson Grady: A moment of realization is a moment of realizing how things actually are. There are different levels of awakening to how things are: you might awaken to the fact that you are engaged in unskillful actions; you might become aware that you are reacting rather than responding to a particular set of conditions; you might awaken to the nature of the mind. These are all moments of realization. The Buddhist teachings say that liberation is the absence of greed, hatred, and delusion. Only you can know whether you are experiencing such a moment. However, if you think that “you” are, then you are not because realizing how things actually are is free from a sense of ownership. The Buddha said, “There is the deed but no doer; there is suffering but no sufferer; there is the path but no one to enter it; and there is liberation but no one to attain it.” Chinul, a founder of Korean Zen, taught the approach of “sudden awakening, gradual cultivation.” His understanding was that although a moment (or moments) of awakening is transforming, it is not enough. He said, “Although we have awakened to original nature, beginningless habit energies are extremely difficult to remove suddenly. Hindrances are formidable and habits are deeply ingrained.” We humans—even those of us who are really honest and sincere—are capable of great self-deception. We can have powerful experiences and then identify with them, making them stand for who we are and how we are thought of by others, when what we really is need to be humble and just continue on the path. The significance of a moment of seeing into the nature of things expresses itself in the here and now. Anything else involves assessing and measuring that which is beyond as- sessment and is measureless. What matters is how we live. Instead of asking yourself whether you’re having a moment of realization, a more useful question might be, what is the quality of my heart right now?