Middle Way 中觀簡說
The Middle Way is the term that Siddhartha Gautama used to describe the character of the path he discovered that leads to his enlightenment. It is the true-seeing of empty nature of reality, without an object or subject, non judgmental, non discrimination, non attachment, no good or bad, long or short, high or low etc. As described in the “Heart Sutra”
A state of transcending the five Skandhas, also sixth and seventh consciousness, it is beyond the four “Arupajhana”. Arupajhana differs as their object is determined by the level of the jhana: infinite space, infinite consciousness, infinite nothingness, neither perception nor non-perception.
Equanimity: is another term that attempts to describe the nature of Absolute Reality, also referred to as the only Reality. By the term “real”, is being pointed to be that which is unchanging in all circumstances and independent of space and time. The physical world and mental world hence do not qualify as being “real”, because they subject to change.
The idea of equanimity refers to being in pure awareness. Being in pure awareness requires dissolution of mind. The term mind is also known as Ego or identity. When there is no distraction or attachment to thoughts, there is equanimity. That ‘Equanimity’ does not refer to a state of mind; rather it describes our real nature.
When one attained the equanimity, all things are non-differentiation, non-good or bad, non-high or low, near or far, young or old, male or female, past, present or future. It is beyond time and space, in the sphere of emptiness with pure consciousness.
When we are aware of our true nature, the individual ego does not operate anymore, hence the outcome is equanimity. When one is fully aware, one does not become attached to the world, rather one acts as a “witness” or “seer” of the world. The world is apparent and unfolds in front of our awareness.
Sentient beings, due to lack of clarity, we identify with the body and the mind, and become finite and limited. The only unchanging reality is pure awareness.
The Buddha said; everyone can eventually achieve equanimity through spiritual practice leading to self-realization / Enlightenment.
The Buddha never ask his followers to worship him, but to have faith in Him, practice his Path, and prove it by ourselves.
By “look within” our very own true nature (Buddha nature), it is always there, one with each of us, not to search for enlightenment elsewhere. It is “I am” or “I am that”, here and now.