Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 90

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 90:

 

“Touching eyeballs as softly as a feather,

lightness between them opens into heart

and there permeates the cosmos.”

 

With the subtlest touch.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 89

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 89:

 

“Beloved,

at this moment

let mind, knowing,

breath and form

be included.”

 

Be whole.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 88

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 88:

 

“Each thing is perceived through knowing.

The self shines in space through knowing.

Perceive one being as knower and known.”

 

Be one.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 87

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 87:

 

“I am existing.

This is mine.

This is this.

Oh beloved,

even in such,

know illimitably.”

 

Even the mind is divine.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 86

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 86:

 

“Suppose you contemplate something beyond perception,

beyond grasping,

beyond not-being,

you.”

 

The mystery of you.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 85

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 85:

 

“Thinking no thing will limited-self unlimit.”

 

Free yourself from thought.

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Huang-po: The Transmission

Huang-po said:

At the very moment when one understands the Tao and recognises the Mind, one is then free of body and mind.

One who reaches the ultimate source is called a Sramana. The fruit of a Sramana is the cessation of false thinking.

This fruit cannot be attained through worldly learning.

Using the mind to seek Mind and depending on others for insight, how can one reach or acquire the Tao?

Huang-po Hsi-yun, aka Huangbo Xiyun, aka Obaku Keun, died in 850 AD. He was a Chinese Buddhist master of the Tang Dynasty. The excerpt above is from ‘The Dharma of Mind Transmission: Zen Teachings of Huang-po’ by Dharma Master Lok To.

Two Birds

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 84

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 84:

 

“Throw attachment for body aside,

realizing ‘I am everywhere’.

One who is everywhere is joyous.”

 

Let go of the material world.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 83

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 83:

 

“Before desire and before knowing,

how can I say I am?

Consider.

Dissolve in the beauty.”

 

Melt into nothingness.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 82

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 82:

 

“Feel:

my thought,

I-ness,

heart,

me.”

 

Layers of being

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 81

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 81:

 

“As, subjectively,

letters flow into words and words into sentences,

and as, objectively,

circles flow into worlds and worlds into principles,

find all these converging in your being.”

 

All resolved within.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 80

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 80:

 

“Meditate on the illusory world as burning to ashes

and become being above human.”

 

Become pure consciousness.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 79

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 79:

 

“Imagine fire rising through your form,

from the toes up,

until the body burns to ashes,

but not you.”

 

Be the witness.

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Ordinary Mind

Zhaozhou asked Nanquan “What is the Way?”

Nanyuan said; “Ordinary mind is the Way.”

Zhaozhou asked; “How should one approach it?”

Nanyuan replied; “If you try to approach it, you will miss it.”

Zhaozhou asked; “If one makes no attempt, how can one know?”

Nanyuan replied; “The Way is not about knowing or not-knowing.
Knowledge is illusion and ignorance is indifference.
When you reach the Way it is beyond doubt,
it is as vast and infinite as space.
You can’t say if it is right or wrong, you can only know it.”

Nanyuan Puyuan, aka Nansen Fugan, 749 AD to 835, a Chinese Chan master, lived in a small hut he built himself on Mount Nanquan. His disciple, Zhaozhou Congshen, aka Joshu Jushin, also became a master and lived from 778 AD to 897.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 78

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 78:

 

“Wherever your attention alights,

at this very point,

experience.”

 

Focus, momentarily, anywhere.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 77

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 77:

 

“When a moonless rainy night is not present,

close eyes and find blackness before you.

Opening eyes, see blackness.

So faults disappear forever.”

 

Retain the experience.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 76

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 76:

 

“In the rain on a dark night

enter that darkness as the form of forms.”

 

Darkness: the perfect emptiness.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 75

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 75:

 

“Waking,

sleeping,

dreaming,

know your self as light.”

 

Always aware.

 

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 74

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 74:

 

“Shakti,

see all space as if already absorbed

in your own head

in the brilliance.”

 

Experience the infinite space within.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 73

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 73:

 

“In summer, when you see the

entire sky endlessly clear,

enter such clarity.”

 

Lose your self.

 

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 72

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 72:

 

“Feel the cosmos as a translucent ever-living presence.”

 

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 71

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 71:

 

“Consider your essence as light rays

from centre to centre up the spine,

Or…

in the spaces between,

feel this as lightning.”

 

The light within.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 70

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 70:

 

“Consider your essence as light rays

shining from chakra to chakra up the spine,

and so rises aliveness.”

 

The subtlest vital energies.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 69

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 69:

 

“Since, in truth,

bondage and freedom are relative,

these words are only for those terrified with the universe.

This universe is a reflection of minds.

As you see many reflections of the sun in the ocean,

so see bondage and liberation.”

 

Relativity and reality.

 

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Bankei and the Thief

When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei ignored the case.

Later the pupil was caught in a similar act, and again Bankei disregarded the matter. This angered the other pupils, who drew up a petition asking for the dismissal of the thief, stating that otherwise they would leave in a body.

When Bankei had read the petition he called everyone before him.

“You are wise brothers,” he told them. “You know what is right and what is not right. You may go somewhere else to study if you wish, but this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I am going to keep him here even if all the rest of you leave.”

A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had stolen. All desire to steal had vanished.

Bankei Yōtaku was a 17th century Japanese Zen master.
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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 68

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 68:

 

“As a hen mothers her chicks,

mother particular knowings,

particular doings,

in reality.”

 

Nurture your soul.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 67

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 67:

 

“Here is the sphere of change, change, change.

Through change consume change.”

 

The only certainty.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 66

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 66:

 

“Be the unsame same to friend as to stranger,

in honour and dishonour.”

 

Be consistently aware, always.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 65

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 65:

 

“’The purity of other teachings is an impurity to us.’

In reality,

know nothing as pure or impure.”

 

All is divine.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 64

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 64:

 

“At the start of sneezing,

during fright,

in anxiety,

above a chasm,

flying in battle,

in extreme curiosity,

at the beginning of hunger,

at the end of hunger,

be uninterruptedly aware.”

 

Consciousness transforms.

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