Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 22

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 22:

 

“Let attention be at a place where you are seeing some past happening,

and even your form,

having lost its present characteristics,

is transformed.”

 

Lost in memory, the small self disappears.

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Linji: No Buddha

On one occasion Linji said:

‘In my view there is no Buddha,
no sentient beings, no past or present.

Anything attained was already attained
— no time is needed.

There is nothing to practice, nothing to realize,
nothing to gain or lose.

Throughout all time there is no other dharma than this.

If you claim there is a dharma surpassing this,
I say it is a dream, a fantasy.

This is all I have to teach.’

From the translation by Ruth Fuller Sasaki
Linji Yixuan is a very sophisticated master, expressing a ‘higher truth’.

He is not talking to beginners, otherwise he would not say there is “nothing to practice, nothing to realize”. He is speaking to advanced students who have already done years of meditation. It is only they who could understand what Linji is saying.

And yet Linji contradicts himself in this short excerpt. Can you see it?

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 21

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 21:

 

“Pierce some part of your nectar-filled form with a pin,

and gently enter the piercing and attain to the inner purity.”

 

To be practised only under medical supervision ;)

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 20

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 20:

 

“In a moving vehicle,

by rhythmically swaying,

experience.

Or,

in a still vehicle,

by letting yourself swing

in slowing invisible circles.”

 

As a passenger in a bus, car or train, melt into the rhythm.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 19

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 19:

 

“Without support for feet or hands,

sit only on the buttocks.

Suddenly the centering.”

 

A sudden method, like child’s play.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 18

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 18:

 

“Look lovingly at some object.

Do not go to another object.

Here,

in the middle,

the blessing.”

 

Perfectly still, the mind dissolves.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 17

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 17:

 

“Unminding mind,

keep in the middle,

until.”

 

The middle path.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 16

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 16:

 

“Blessed one,

as senses are absorbed in the heart,

reach the centre of the lotus.”

 

The senses are the doors of perception.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 15

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 15:

 

“Closing the seven openings of the head with your hands,

a space between your eyes becomes all inclusive.”

 

A third eye meditation.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 14

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 14:

 

“Place your whole attention in the nerve,

delicate as a lotus thread,

at the centre of your spine

and so be transformed.”

 

The subtlest energy at the centre of your body.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 13

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 13:

 

“Imagine the five-coloured circles of the peacock tail

to be your five senses in illimitable space.

Now let their beauty melt within.

 

Similarly,

gaze at any point in space or on a wall,

until the point dissolves.”

 

One for the imaginative ones, and one for the others.

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Vale Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen‘Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water,
and he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower,
and when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him,
he said “All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them,”
but he himself was broken long before the sky could open,
forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.’

 

Leonard Cohen often referred to Jesus and Christian mythology, inventing subtle allusions to the Biblical tradition. For example; “Was our prayer so damn unworthy, the Son rejected it?” (Born In Chains/Popular Problems) and “A cross on every hill, a star, a minaret” (The Faith/Old Ideas).

Read more…

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 12

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 12:

 

“When on a bed or seat,

let yourself become weightless,

beyond mind.”

 

Get comfortable, close your eyes and float away.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra No. 11

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 11:

 

“Stop the doors of the senses

when feeling the creeping of an ant.

Then.”

 

A familiar sensation for meditators.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 10

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 10:

 

“While being caressed,

sweet princess,

enter the caress

as eternal bliss.”

 

The sensual is also divine.

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Tao Te Ching No. 57

“The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer people become.

The sharper men’s weapons, the more trouble in the land.

The more ingenious and clever men are, the more strange things happen.

The more rules and regulations, the more thieves and robbers.

 

Therefore the sage says:

I take no action and people are reformed.

I enjoy peace and people become honest.

I do nothing and people become rich.

I have no desires and people return to the good and simple life.”

 

From an excellent translation of the Tao Te Ching by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 9

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 9:

 

“Lie down as dead.

Enraged in wrath, stay so.

Stare without moving an eyelash,

or suck something and become the sucking.”

 

Lose yourself in it.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 8

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 8:

 

“With utmost devotion,

centre on the two junctions of breath

and know the knower.”

 

Focus lovingly on these two points.

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Tantra – The Royal Path

‘To transcend duality is the kingly view.

To conquer distractions is the royal practice.

The path of no-practice is the way of all buddhas.

He who treads that path reaches buddhahood.

Transient is this world, like phantoms and dreams, substance it has none.

Renounce it and forsake your kin, cut the strings of lust and hatred, and meditate in woods and mountains.

If, without effort, you remain loosely in the natural state, you will soon find Mahamudra and attain the non attainment.’

 

– from Tilopa’s ‘Song of Mahamudra’

Tantra is not the path of wealth or respectability. It is the path of the rebel, the outsider.

Yoga, with its self-control and disciplines and claims to ‘miracles’, is the path which captures most imaginations.

Tantra claims no miracles, no extraordinary powers.

Yin Sheng wanted his Taoist master Lieh Tzu to teach him to ride the wind, mistaking a metaphor for magic.

He wanted to be able to perform a miracle and missed the real one.

It is these emphases on meditation, awareness and appreciation of nature that unite Tantra, Zen, Sufism and Tao: the left-hand paths.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 7

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 7:

 

“With intangible breath in centre of forehead,

as this reaches heart at the moment of sleep,

have direction over dreams and over death itself.”

 

Pass into sleep with awareness.

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Emptiness

Lieh-tzu was asked; ‘Why do you value emptiness?’

‘In emptiness there is no valuing,’ Lieh-tzu replied.

‘ Value is not the name for it,

Best be still and empty.

In stillness and emptiness we find our home,

Taking and giving we are lost.’

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Linji – Followers of the Way

On one occasion Linji said:

“Followers of the Way, our eminent predecessors of old all had their ways of saving people. As for me, what I want to make clear to you is that you must not accept the deluded views of others. If you want to act, act, don’t hesitate.

“Students today can’t get anywhere. What ails you? Lack of faith in yourself is what ails you. If you lack faith in yourself, you’ll keep on tumbling along, following in bewilderment after all kinds of circumstances and being taken by them through transformation after transformation without ever attaining freedom.

“Bring to rest the thoughts of the ceaselessly seeking mind, and you will not differ from the patriarch-buddha. Do you want to know the patriarch-buddha? He is none other than you who stand before me listening to my discourse.

“But because you students lack faith in yourselves, you run around seeking something outside. Even if, through your seeking, you did find something, it would be nothing more than fancy descriptions in written words; never would you gain the mind of the living patriarch.

“Make no mistake, worthy Chan men! If you don’t find it here and now, you’ll go on transmigrating through the three realms for myriads of kalpas and thousands of lives, and, held in the clutch of captivating circumstances, be born in the wombs of asses or cows.”

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Linji

On one occasion Linji said:

‘Whoever comes to me, I do not fail them.

I know exactly where they are coming from.

Some are lost,

Others have tied themselves in knots.

Never speculate haphazardly;

Understanding and misunderstanding are both wrong.

I say this unequivocally.

Anyone in the world is free to denounce me as he will.’

 

Linji Yixuan lived in China in the 9th Century AD. He also said “If you meet the Buddha on the way, kill him.”

 

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 6

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 6:

 

“When in worldly activity,

keep attention between two breaths,

and so practicing,

in a few days be born anew.”

 

See how often during the day you can remember.

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Linji and the Buddhadharma

The master took the high seat in the hall. A monk asked, “What about the cardinal principle of the buddhadharma?”.

The master raised his whisk. The monk shouted. The master struck him.

Another monk asked “What about the cardinal principle of the buddhadharma?”

Again the master raised his whisk. The monk shouted. The master also shouted. The monk faltered; the master struck him.

Then the master said, “Those who live for dharma do not shrink from losing their bodies or sacrificing their very lives. Twenty years ago, when I was with my late master Huangbo, three times I asked him specifically about the cardinal meaning of the buddhadharma, and three times he favored me with blows from his stick. But it was as if he were patting me with a branch of mugwort. How I would like now to taste another dose of the stick! Who can give it to me?”

A monk stepped forward and said “I can.”

The master held out his stick to him. The monk tried to take it; the master struck him.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 5

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 5:

 

“Attention between eyebrows,

let mind be before thought.

Let form fill with breath essence

to the top of the head,

and there shower as light.”

 

A third-eye meditation.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 4

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 4:

 

“Or, when breath is all out and stopped of itself,

or all in and stopped,

in such universal pause

one’s small self vanishes.”

 

The mind also stops for a moment.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 3

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 3:

 

“Or, whenever in-breath and out-breath fuse,

touch the energy-less,

energy-filled centre.”

 

Focus awareness between the breaths.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 2

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 2:

 

“As breath turns from down to up,

and again as breath curves from up to down,

through both these turns,

realize.”

 

The mind pauses with the breath.

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