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Buddhadharma : Summer 2016
28 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 2 0 1 6 The view, the multitudinous expanse, Is cast in practical essentials of three keys. I. First set your own mind in a relaxed state, Not emitting, not withdrawing, without conceptuality. In this relaxed state of total absorption, Suddenly shout PAT, striking your awareness, Strong, intense, short. E MA HO! Not any thing, astounding. Astounding, unimpeded penetration. Unimpeded penetration, inexpressible. Identify innermost awareness of the truth body. Its entity is identified within yourself—the first essential. I will try to provide a little commentary. v The initial introduction to the view of naturally arisen innermost awareness cannot be made while you are involved in constantly generating many conceptions, such as thinking about good and bad and the like. For instance, it is difficult to identify somebody you don’t know well in a huge crowd, but once you have been introduced to a person and come to know him or her, it is easy to identify the person even in the midst of a big crowd. Similarly, even though innermost awareness pervades every moment of consciousness, including every single thought, it is not possible to bring out innermost awareness in its nakedness without being intro- duced to it first, because it is bound and obscured by conceptual thinking. However, after you have identified it, you can see it even in the midst of a multitude of thoughts. Therefore, without making any adjustments to your mind, such as by conceptually working at analysis, leave, among the various phenomena of the world, whatever appears to your mind—people, buildings, mountains, your work, your friends, your problems, and the like—as just an appearance, and do not get involved and polluted with identifying it and thinking, “This is such-and-such.” Since a state