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Buddhadharma : Fall 2007
fall 2007| 30 |buddhadharma and harmony of timelessness. But when nothing- ness functions, there is a pivot, and it becomes the present. That pivot is called the pivot of noth- ingness. At that precise point – the intersection of time and space, which is called right now, right here – all sentient beings come together into the moment and a vast world comes up: past, present, future, earth, trees, planets, moons, and suns. In one moment, every possible aspect of human life, everything we can be, spreads out, unfolds, and a huge world comes up. That is called interde- pendent co-origination. Life is always at the pivot of nothingness; it is always right now, right here. Right now, right here is the eternal moment of the real present. The real present is not exactly what you believe the present to be. In everyday life we constantly create some idea of what the human world is because we are always thinking of how things were in the past or how things will be in the future. When you are thinking about the past and future, the contents of the present are just imaginary pic- tures of the past and future, pictures fabricated by your consciousness at the pivot of nothingness, so it is not the real present. The real present is the full aliveness that exists at the pivot of nothing- ness before your conceptual thinking creates an imaginary world through human consciousness. So to understand the present as a pivot of nothing- ness, your concept of the present must be negated. It must become no-present; then you can see the real present. Even though you believe that the past, present, and future are separate because you can think of them as separate ideas, the real present is related with the past and future simultaneously, not sepa- rately. How is it possible for the past and future to exist simultaneously in the present? How can the present exist with the past and the future? It is pos- sible because when time is no-time, time doesn’t move according to common sense, time moves anywhere: to the top, to the bottom, to the right, to the left, from today to yesterday, from yester- day to tomorrow. There is nothing to pin down, no concept of time based on cause and effect, just total functioning energy. You don’t believe this, so you attach to your usual concept of time. But what is your concept Schiphol, 1994 Andreas Gursky ©anDReasgURsKy/sODRac(2007),cOURTesyMaTThewMaRKsgalleRy,newyORK.