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Transforming Consciousness into Wisdom 轉識成智

    Transforming Consciousness into Wisdom 轉識成智

The Buddhist practice of meditation is the important method of training the mind, from scattered energy to a calm and stable, peaceful, undisturbed state of clear mind, from the idea of the luminous mind emerged the idea that the awakened mind is the pure, undefiled mind. It is this pure consciousness which lead to the attainment of Buddhahood

This intrinsically pure consciousness is a part of the eighth consciousness (Tathāgata’s /storehouse), some called it (The soul or the Spirit) which never die. When our physical form / body dies, the eighth consciousness leaves the body and continues. For people with untrained mind, this consciousness goes through reincarnation and take a rebirth of a new form / body, what kind of body depends on one’s previous karma. The Buddhist practitioner’s goal is to end the cycle of rebirth.

Within the eighth consciousness, there is the collections of Karma accumulated from our countless previous lives, including good karma and karma, also, there is the pure consciousness called ” tathāgatagarbha(如來藏 in Chinese) which the pure Buddha-nature, or Christians may call it “God within”.

Transforming Consciousness into Wisdom , first steps, requires diligent practice of awareness and mindfulness, carefully controlling, and training our body, speech and mind, from contaminated state to pure state, from disturbing emotions to stable, peaceful clear mind. Completely rid of all poisons of hatred, jealousy, greed, and attachment of endless desires of lust and material objects. Through understanding of the Buddha Dharma, and practice of detachment of all things, knowing that phenomena are but illusions, intrinsically lack inherent existence. One become more loving, compassionate, and forgiving (of self and others), life become more joyful and peaceful.

On the deeper level, you are clearly aware of your six senses consciousness; the senses consciousness of eye ,ear, nose, tongue, and body. Our senses consciousness correspond to the elements of the nature; (eye)visual consciousness of the Heat, (ear) auditory consciousness of the Space, (nose) olfactory consciousness of the Air, (tongue) gustatory consciousness of the Water, (body) tactual consciousness of the earth. The above six sense consciousness belong to sixth consciousness, it is where differentiate all things we encounter, then the seventh consciousness is where all negative karma generated…jealousy, hatred, greed, strong emotional attachments. this is where most practitioners stuck, being unable to transform those strong feelings, and carry directly into the eighth consciousness, causing future suffering.     (Note: Transforming our form body to Coincide with nature of the universe)

The Buddha taught that, in order to escape the dangers of the sense bases, one must be able to apprehend the sense bases without defilement, In “Abandoning the Fetters” . The Sutta Pitaka 經藏 (of Pali canon) identifies ten “fetters of becoming”: (1) belief in a self , (2)doubt or uncertainty, especially about the Dharma Teachings (3) attachment to rites and rituals (4) sensual desire (5) ill will (6)) lust for material existence, lust for material rebirth (7) lust for immaterial existence, lust for rebirth in a formless realm (8) conceit (9) restlessness (10)ignorance

the Buddha states that one abandons the fetters ” when one knows and sees all things as impermanent, the six sense organs, objects, sense-consciousness, contact and sensations. Similarly, in “Uprooting the Fetters” the Buddha states that one uproots the fetters “, when one knows and sees the illusory self as nonself…

To foster this type of penetrative knowing and seeing , wisdom is developed, and the resultant extinguishing flame of suffering.

Awakening Your True Self 自性的喚醒

Awakening Your True Self  自性的喚醒

The word “Buddha” means “Awakened”, awaking your true self is awaking your innate Buddha nature, it is the ultimate intend of the Buddha’s teachings. While there are thousand ways of buddhist practice, all are working toward the complete awaking of the true self, the Buddha nature exist within each of us, that is attaining Enlightenment.

How many times have you gone to the store to buy something, only to come out with some other things that you didn’t intend to buy? worse yet, you forget to buy the something you went to the store for in the first place. Or when you were driving to a certain place, you missed the turn, or passed your destination all together? All due to mindless.

The practice of awaking your true self, is mindful of each and every single activities of the body, speech and mind, that is what we do, what we say, and what our thoughts look like. We carefully observe every single detail of all our daily life’s activities, from the moment we wake up to the moment you get back in the bed , and before we go to sleep, the whole complete day is ongoing practice.

When you wake up in the morning, when you first open your eyes, before getting out of the bed, you are mindful of seeing whatever you eye’s make contact with, knowing what you see, this is seeing with your mind, not from your eye senses— the eye aggregate.

knowing your body still in the bed, mindful of you putting the blanket away, your feet touch the floor, mindful of walking toward bathroom, picking up the tooth brush etc. being mindful of every detail throughout the day.

When you are walking, you are aware and mindful of each step you take… right foot up and down..left foot left and down…touching the floor…This is mindful of your body.

Mindful of your interacting with people and things, when you are talking with people, you observe the mind process, being aware of each wards coming out from your mouth, you are talking from your mind, and not from you heart and through your physical aggregate—the mouth. This is mindful of your speech.

When you drink a cup of coffee, you are mindful that your hand reach to the cup, picking up the cup, feel the warmth in hand, drinking the coffee, mindful of the taste of coffee ….you observe every detail…This is mindful of taste.

Throughout the day, your mind never leave, never apart from your actions, your speech and thoughts, you are truly living in the “here-and-now”. This is true practice.

It’s not easy at first, because our human nature, the mind has tendency to wonder off, scattered and fragmentary, although there are slightest space of thoughtless in between, it is so short that we usually neglect it, that is due to our mindless.

With diligent practice, your mindfulness time between (contamination thoughts) will extend, your innate wisdom will be gradually developed, and the quality of your life will Simultaneously be enhanced.

You will notice that you have become happier and happier, because of your pure seeing, pure mindful of all things, you will have the ability to eliminate contaminated energies that come to your way, and capture all the pure positive energies into your mind, eventually, you would be able to be joyful anywhere and anytime. At this time your life will be transformed from suffering to true happiness. This is the power of Dharma.

Natural Equality 自性平等

Natural Equality 自性平等

After hurricane Katrina, the rescuers went out to look for people and animals to be saved, they found various breeds of dogs, cats, large and small, they put all these animals in the same vehicles, and all the strangers (animals) were hurtled together, lean on each other without any sign of discomfort or aggression toward one another.

Also I found a YouTube video, where there were three large different types of large animals like a tiger, a bear, and a lion, living together harmoniously.  An unlikely trio is spending their days together at a wildlife rescue facility in Georgia. In single enclosure, a lion, a Bengal tiger and an American black bear have an unbreakable friendship, they play together, chase each other and snuggle.

This example shows that all sentient beings’ original consciousness has the characteristic of equality. If animals of different species can live together, we the humans should be able to live harmoniously on this beautiful little planet earth we all call “home”.

The reason people in the world can’t get along is due to contaminations of the mind, of the environment, the ego of the “I”, the greed, hatred, endless craving for power, jealousy, fame, name, wealth, lust etc. These contaminated qualities are the spiritual deficiencies which cause all the miseries, sufferings for us humans.

Our natural consciousness has no differentiation of race, gender, origin, young or old, what one believes etc. No limit nor limitless of time and space, it is vast, and open, and filled with natural joy and universal love. We lost all that because we were contaminated since the day we were born. Therefore, Buddhism is the path to recovery of our true self, our pure, true happy, original self. Non-judgmental like a new born baby, no fears, no violent, only with pure and peaceful mind, and simple basic needs.

Buddhist usually say “Letting Go”, or “Putting it all down” is the “Here and Now” solution, of course, this takes proper understanding of the Dharma (Buddha’s Teachings) and practice. When we get used to the practice of “Putting it all down”, it becomes easier and easier, one day you suddenly notice that, things used to bother you and get up upset, is gone!

The practice works because all things change with time and space, sometimes we may think there’s no hope…but you remembered “Letting Go”, then in a short time, you realized everything wasn’t so bad after all, maybe even better than you expected.

Also, to be spiritual free is to simplify our life. Do we really need to take on all the activities in our daily life that make us running crazy? Physically and mentally all beat up. If we think about how short our life is, we can begin by calculate  on the average life of 80 years old; on average, we spend about 30% of time sleeping,  30% of time working / making a living, 10% of time driving/ traveling, 10% household up keeping and cleaning, 10% eating / preparing, 10% resting / enjoying (maybe arguing) . That added up to 100%. We do this day-in and day-out, then we grows old, then we die, not really a good picture…..

It’s so important to remember “Here-and-Now”, value our precious time and our fragile body, do not abuse our only body with harmful food and activities, since we cannot “trade-In” our body. Also take good care of anything that we cannot “trade-In”, like our parents, our love ones, value and enjoy the time we have with them, because all things subject to change.

 

Liberation without Religion 解脫不在於宗教

               Liberation without Religion 解脫不在於宗教

I know many people would probably strongly oppose even the name of this topic, and say “What…?”

Well, I have to tell the truth. Liberation is spiritual freedom, it has nothing to do with the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

liberation is getting free from suffering of cyclic existence, constraint or difficulties in life, ability to disentangle from meaningless activities, detachment of emotional disturbances, freeing spirit to a joyful realm, that is true happiness.

Buddhism is the path coincide with scientific, natural and spiritual.

Scientific; our body is composed of the four elements, earth, water, air, heat. Our body is the earth, all liquids in the body is water, we need air to breath, our body temperature is the heat. If any of the four elements off balance, we get sick. or if we get upset, our blood pressure goes up– like boiling water, our face tern red–heated temperature etc., makes us feeling sick. Meditation calms our mind and body, intern contribute to better health, coincide with medical Science.

Natural; because Buddhism emphasis “Cause and Effect”, it is the law of nature, it directly associates with our daily life, all our actions (of body, speech and mind / thoughts,) that generates “Karma”, which we cannot see, but it’s there waiting to dictate our future becoming or consequence ( it maybe good or bad).

Spiritual: by understanding how the law of nature works, we can apply the methods learned from Dharma, Anterograde (Same direction) the natural law, life will be more smooth, instead of surfing our life against waves. The Buddhism leads one to positive spiritual transformation, and develop superior wisdom and genuine compassion. It is the great wisdom enable one to rid the root of problems in life.

Therefore, anyone can attain liberation without religion, anyone can practice Buddhism, there’s no geographic limitations, Buddhism can be practiced by young or old, man or woman, black or white, beautiful or ugly, oriental, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, or atheist.

That is why we have noticed there are more and more Westerners entering the stream of Buddhism.

Sharing a Quotation by Albert Einstein: The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. it should be transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and spiritual, it should be based on religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description…….if there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.