MORE ON TRANSCENDENCE – NAMES OF THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED THROUGH REALIZATION, NAMES OF THOSE WHO HAVE TASTED

 

 

                    Following on from last night on the subject of

transcendence.

         These are people I’ve come across, either through

reading or travelling.

          Philip Kapleau, Zen Master, of the Zen Temple

in Rochester. There is no question that he has

realized (experienced satori).

            Padma Sambava – ancient

master of Tibetan Buddhism. This man/saint/god/seer,

if one fifth of what I have read about him is true,

he must be studied. He is one of those characters

who had the ability to look into past lives and future

times as well. There is a tradition that he would 

hide books the world was not ready for, so that

they would be found at such a time as when the book

would be needed and its import could be grasped.

           This is the tradition of the tulku,

in the path known as Tibetan Buddhism. The tulku

is the guy who is going to find the book hidden

by the master…the tulku might appear 200 years 

later to complete the task and retrieve the book

set aside centuries before.

            This might sound like nonsense to you,

but remember these are the Himalayas of the

human Heart-Mind-Soul we’re talking about now.

In fact, the word Upanishads means just that.

 

           One of the sayings from Padma Sambava’s

time that I love:  “The secret book could lie

open on the King’s Highway, and no one would read it.”

 

           Of course, there is Lao Tzu and his book

“The Way of Life”. This book is fluid, like water,

so it’s import is hard to grasp, but this is a must

read.

 

           Other mystic minds from the Himalayas

of human vision –  Meister Eckhart and Heraclitus.

 

            And there was a Zen Master who taught

in Europe until his recent death. I’ll remember

his name soon.

 

           When you live at the peaks, you see over

birth and death, so there is a continuity to your

vision. This continuity is transcendence.

 

           It is said there have been many Buddhas.

And there have been many “annointed ones”

called the Christ.

           But these are not different people. Once

a human mind has passed through the Foundation

Experience called “Realization”, called “kensho”,

also called “satori”, an ego death takes place.

The eggshell ego implodes. A new identity is born.

In fact, the ego or old identity becomes  capital “i” Identity.

          If you would know the Eternal, experience

the meaning of the words “eternal life”, the

superficial identity within you must perish, and

once you enter into communion with the one

Mind, then you know that death is impossible.

           Put one way, it is only God who lives in the Eternal.

Once you have taken the necessary steps of humility and made  yourself ready for Grace, you may

 enter into holy communion with Him, then you also

live in the eternal realms – you live in that place

where eternal life dwells.

          We call this place heaven. Heaven exists on earth,also.

           

           To say the same thing in different terms –

saying the same thing, but putting it differently –

there is one Suchness. Once you

attain to the Mind that is the core of the suchness,

you are complete.

            Liberation is yours… but whether it is yours,

or his or hers no longer matters. You have gone

beyond possession. When you have ‘reached’,

you live in the pure land. You live in a place 

beyond grasping. 

 

 

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