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Buddhadharma : Win 2012
WINTER 2 0 1 2 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 31 is knowing a “that” and either saying “yes” to it, in the case of suchness, or “no,” in the case of emptiness. Atammayata provides closure to the whole domain with the insight that there is no “that”; there is only “this.” It expresses the genuine col- lapse of both the illusion of separateness of sub- ject and object and of the discrimination between phenomena as being somehow substantially dif- ferent from each other. It helps bring about the realization that there is only the wholeness of the Dhamma, complete spaciousness and fulfill- ment. Then, knowing that truth, even this-ness and here-ness become meaningless. We tend to think of the mind as being in the body, but we’ve actually got it wrong; the body is in the mind. Everything we know about the body, now and at any previous time, has been known through the agency of the mind. This isn’t to say there isn’t a physical world, just that the experience of the body, and the experience of the world, happen here, within our mind. When we truly wake up to that here-ness, the world’s externality, its separateness, ceases. When we realize that we hold the whole world within us, its thing-ness, its other-ness, is checked, and we are better able to recognize its true nature. The presence of the nada sound can help us realize and maintain such a perspective. The mind slowly loses its habit of becoming caught in the outflows, the asava, and thus getting lost in worldly concerns. The result is an inner com- posure and a freedom from the compulsions that so readily entangle us. One way to develop this insight on a practical level is to combine listening to the nada sound with the following simple reflection. While focus- ing on the inner sound, recollect that the world is in your mind: “My body and the world are here in this space of awareness, permeated with the sound of silence.” This will eventually bring about a shift of vision. You will find your body, your mind, and the world arriving at a resolu- tion—a realization of orderly perfection in which the world is balanced within the heart of vibrant silence. PHOTO DANNY LAUKABAN