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Buddhadharma : Spring 2015
60 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly spring 2 0 1 5 In the absolute, it is as though there is always a white screen in the background that doesn’t change when colors are projected onto it; primordial con- sciousness is always present and nothing changes it. In the relative, the present is called “present” in relation to “past” and “future.” But in the absolute, it is called “present” because it’s beyond the three times; it’s the fourth time. So in either case, we are in the present. All we need to do is wake up to this. And it has to be our experience rather than some idea we’ve heard and grudgingly agreed to. Whether we agree or not, this is how things are. This is how the universe works. Everything is made of primordial consciousness. You might call the primordial consciousness a self, an ego. But yeshe doesn’t have any of the problems of ego. There is no story, no scene, nothing at all The whole point of meditation is to pop our illu- sion and dissolve our ignorance—basically, to wake up. We aren’t changing anything. We don’t have to. Things are as they are; we can’t make them better or worse. How could we change anything? When things arise and cease at the same time, what differ- ence could we make? We can’t make that sixtieth of a second last longer or shorter. We only have that moment. Everything else is a thought. Of course, in thoughts, we can make anything and everything, but in reality, we can’t change the length of that split second. All we can do is wake up to this. To see a movie more directly as it is, we just have to realize it is made of flashing frames. If we want to get lost in the story, that means we’re interested in being lost in our thoughts, in our delusion, not in what the movie really is.