“The person with wisdom fundamentally does not dwell anywhere. The bright moon cherishes being carried away by the flowing water. The clouds part and the mountains appear. The moon sets and the water is cool. Each bit of autumn contains vast interpenetration without bounds.”
Color and form, all sensory perception,
therefore are like the reflection of the moon on water:
because there is appearance without existence,
because nothing permanent can be found,
because it's features, uncongealing, uncrystallizing,
uncompounded , remain but a film of light-form,
the constructs of the eye, the visual faculty and cognition,
suffused by emptiness, are but hollow fictions, reflections of the moon on water.
The intent is to seek experiential common ground between Nyingma and Soto traditions. I was personally immersed in Nyingma for many years. Along the way I hit a wall, as a marathon runner might.
The wall was frustrating and I found myself attracted to Soto/shikantaza/Dogen practice. Within this container the formless beauty and song of Hongzhi's silent illumination share thread and verve with Longchenpa's Treasuries'. On occasion practice now sparkles again- in an ordinary kind of way. The new mantra is no separation..
I am not advocating one tradition over another. What might make sense for me may not make sense you. In the end isn't it all non sense?.
Interestingly I feel Zen practitioners who have hit their wall; either out of koan frustration or a leveling off of their shikantaza, might find refreshment with Dzogchen- should they find a qualified teacher. Stale is stale, and Soto and Dzogchen share much more than not..
I take refuge in the immediacy of the moment
I take refuge in this moment's marrow
I take refuge in the panorama of being
“Sometime go outside and sit,
in the evening at sunset, where there is a slight breeze that touches your body,
And makes the leaves and trees move gently.
You're not trying to do anything, really. You're simply allowing yourself to be,
Very open from deep within, Without holding on to anything whatsoever.
Don't bring something back from the past, from a memory. Don't plan that something should happen. Don't hold on to anything in the present
Nothing you perceive needs to be nailed down.
Simply let experience take place, very freely, So that your empty, open heart Is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion.”