A Light in the Dark

Instructions for Cutting the Web of Existence

Once you know this directly, you know that this quality of pure being is and always will be there. You know it is not something that develops from seeds and conditions. You know it does not change with time (past, present, or future). And you cannot imagine there being even an atom of a so-called mind that is something else.

Although the previous dull vagueness is indescribable, you don’t know how to describe it and you are uncertain and shaky in your experience. The essence of awareness is indescribable, too, but you have no doubts about it being indescribable and are unshakeable in your experience. Like blindness and sight, these two ways of being indescribable are very different and sum up a crucial distinction between the ground of experience and true being. [4]

Because there is both a right and wrong way to understand such phrases as “ordinary knowing,” “doing nothing in mind” or “beyond expression,” you have to be clear about this crucial point: same words, higher meaning. [5] When you are, you will come to an experiential understanding of the profound Dharma.

While resting in the natural flow of the experience of mind itself, some people just try to stay clear and aware. They end up in mind consciousness [6] thinking, “It’s so clear!” Some people hold on to an empty serenity, in which knowing seems to have gone empty. Both are holding on to subject-object experiences associated with mind consciousness.

When these experiences arise, with steady continuous attention look right at the knowing of clarity and what holds on to clarity or the knowing of emptiness and what holds on to emptiness. Dig out the stake of consciousness that holds on to subject and object. When a pristine, transparent, dimensionless, empty clarity arises on its own, unshakeable, fresh and alive, that is called “awareness itself.” Free from the coverings of held experiences, awareness, timeless awareness, arises, utterly fresh and clear.

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  1. Skt. dharmakaya, Tib. chos sku. []
  2. This phrase seems to be an idiom that refers to a word or sentence that can have two very different meanings depending on whether it is understood literally or in light of certain spiritual experiences. []
  3. Tib. yid shes, a contraction for yid kyi rnam par shes pa, the seventh consciousness. []

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