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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
fall 2006| 60 |buddhadharma Present since the beginning, it is not dependent upon being cultivated, Nor upon such things as differences in one’s capacity. May this vital point of mind, not trusted since it seems too easy, Be recognized through the power of the master’s oral instructions. To elaborate or to examine is nothing but adding concepts. To make effort or to cultivate is only to exhaust oneself. To focus or to meditate is but a trap of further entanglement. May these painful fabrications be cut from within. Because it is beyond thought or description, not a thing is seen. There is, however, nothing extra remaining to be seen. That is the profound meaning of resolving one’s mind. May this nature, hard to illustrate, be realized. Because it is primordially pure of all constructs, the extreme of existence has been discarded. As the manifestation of awareness is spontaneously present, it is free from the extreme of nonexistence. Although described as two aspects, these are but the labor of conceptual mind. May we perceive this inseparable nature of equality, beyond description. Although it is initially grasped through intellectual statements, Just like a finger pointing to the moon, The natural state of dharmata lies beyond the reach of assumptions. May we take this to heart and perceive it ourselves. In this there is nothing seen to be discarded, Nor is there anything to be kept or established. May this state of dharmata, unspoiled by acceptance and rejection, Be perceived as the spontaneously present nature. Although attaching attributes, the ground to be known, The path to be journeyed, and the fruition to be attained Are but like levels in space in the actual nature. May we spontaneously abide in the nature of nonaction. Samsaric impure phenomena, imputed through confusion, As well as its opposite, pure perception, Are but constructed attributes, named in dependence. May we perceive their nonexistence in the unfabricated essence. In its way of being, the nonconceptual essence of dharmata Is only obscured by concepts or spoiled by having a view and meditation. Looking into the ordinary essence, while being free from a view and meditation, May we spontaneously rest in the genuine nature. Whatever one is focused on is poison for the view. Whatever is embraced by effort is a fault of meditation. Whatever is adopted or abandoned is a defect of action. May we perceive the nature free from all shortcomings. If we are not trapped in the mire of mental constructs, The manifestation of awareness is directly seen, free from concepts. Without tying knots in the air with the rope of speculation, May we be skilled in spontaneously resting in the genuine nature. At that very moment, may the light from the lamp of self-existing knowledge, The wisdom aspect of the self-cognizant Youthful Vase Body, Manjushri of Natural Cognizance, Overcome the dense darkness of the obscurations. Since the unfabricated and uncompounded dharmata Has nothing new to be obtained through the path of fabrications, May the nature of the ultimate fruition, which does not result from a cause, Be perceived as being primordially present within us. Being covered up by words of speculation is the path of confusion. Whatever is expressed is but a web of concepts. May the profound instruction to be individually cognized, which does not result from statements, Be practiced within our hearts. The mind that holds subject and object is, by nature, mistaken. It is never exactly like what one imagines. May the self-existing wisdom body that does not result from dualistic mind, The buddhahood of true meaning, be accomplished. Within the cognizant space of awareness and emptiness, All phenomena are in a state of equality. In this single sphere the hopes and fears of samsara and nirvana have collapsed. May we, in this nature, attain the kingdom of nondwelling dharmakaya.