Do you know what the secret of Buddha’s calmness is? He is a witness, not a participant. Buddha is an impassionate witness of being. Buddha is deliberate and vigilant, yet he does not participate – he observes.
Buddhism teaches us that the main way to achieve happiness is to get rid of wishes. You can get rid of wishes by overfilling them, though. The more wishes you have, the weaker each of them is, taken separately. I have a huge number of wishes but they are all as small as the sand of time. I will not give up on any of them if it comes, yet I will not run after it or become it slave. Whether it comes true or not, that will not disturb my dispassion.
The main way to get rid of the burden (hope and fear) is the lack of coziness, that is, the urge to avoid comfort. Comfort is consolation. The urge to avoid consolation and painkillers. You cannot flee pain and fear, cold and sufferings.
Track your feelings and wishes. Track your thoughts. Track the flow of incoming information and the response it triggers. You are an observer. Your job is to handle the situation and to encourage everyone to do a good job, to maintain harmony and to avoid threats and viruses.
Reflection gives shape to space. If you make yourself shut up, you will know infinity. Consciousness is the information that is put in order and that puts things in order. Information gives shape to things, creates obstacles, walls, doors, the upper and lower parts… Stop thinking and you will begin to see clearly.
Buddha preached resignation to us as being a refusal of hope – just do what you have to the way you can. Do not fight and give up the hope of winning. What is the victory for then? Your goal is movement. Your goal is the process.
I do not want anything and I want everything. The essence of resignation is to accept everything. A minus and a plus are both extremes whereas a zero is just a point. A zero is the eye of a needle joining hell to paradise, a small door between two universes. A small door through which only the white rabbit or Alice can pass. The white rabbit symbolizes uncertainty, and Alice is one who sees things the way they are.
Buddha said he saw meditation as the support of a mountain, meaning meditation is as strong as a dragon. The dragon’s firmness allows him to fly. The dragon’s hollowness creates the fire of energy. The dragon’s truth transforms him into a mountain. The dragon’s love is his strength and faith.
The point in attaining Zen is to understand that a step into the abyss is the dragon’s descent from the mountains as a waterfall of energy. In this world, fear is something one should seek rather than be afraid of… Fear is a switch turning the light on. Fear is joyful. If fear rejoices, it turns the light on and joy comes. Being afraid of fear is like standing on the edge of an inexistent abyss with your eyes closed.
The hamster running in its wheel is cowardly: it flees its fears. However, if it overcomes its fear and becomes deliriously brave, it will turn around and will run the other way. One who attained Zen should know that all that is vanity of vanities and step aside.
In fact, all religions are alike in their vision of God and differ only in their attitude towards sinners. Muslims abhor vice. Buddhists ignore evil. Christians, Hebrews and Hindus treat demons as domestic animals.
Buddha said: if there is an image, there is a misperception. To see, look at the objectives of things, for only they are real. In this ocean of energy, shapes show only pencil-drawn boundaries of objects. In this labyrinth of lines, you are but an ant, incapable of crossing a drawn line – energy is the white background. Only objectives matter and masks are illusionary.
Any law is a shape created by an illusion. Shapes separate things from one another by drawing their boundaries. On this drawing, truth is only the white background, and everything else illusions. However, if you ask me what dharma is, I will say dharma is the procreation of a plot. Dharmas are like thoughts fighting between themselves for the right to be called truth.
If only what does not exist exists, the I is not the I, but the non I. The I sleeps and dreams of the I, which does not exist in the world, creates on a white piece of paper the boundaries of non-existent things. Similar to a small ant running along drawn lines, the non I is incapable of stepping over the boundaries of things.
In deleting your ideas about things, you can deprive them of their shape and you can give them new shapes. What the cognition of things means is the recreation of their shapes anew depending on the needs of the current situation.
What is the world? A blank, white piece of paper, an ocean of energy. What are objects? Patterns of lines on the white piece of paper, the movement of information. Objects are an illusion created by their cognition of one another. However, a stone cannot cognate itself, so the stone does not exist. You can, though. This is why you define the stone instead of its defining you.
You stand on the edge of the abyss and you are afraid of falling into it. This is not the edge of the abyss, though, - it’s a cable passed over the abyss of darkness. This is not a cable passed over the abyss of darkness, though, - it’s a black line drawn on a blank, white piece of paper with a pencil and you are an ant, but not the one that is incapable of crossing the drawn line, but the one that cannot step aside from it.
You're standing on the edge of a precipice and you're afraid to fall into it. But this is not the edge of the abyss, it is a rope over the abyss of darkness. But it is not a rope over a precipice, but a black line drawn in pencil on a white sheet of paper, and you are an ant, not one that cannot cross the drawn line, but one that cannot get off it.
Resignation is simplification. What matters is to realize that simplification is not a lie. When you realize that the black is the simplification of the white, and the white the simplification of the black, you will attain enlightenment.
Shape is what determines the property of an object. In defining an object, i.e., in naming it, you give shape to it, as if you were drawing it on paper with a pencil. By defining objects, you are the one who can give shape to them and define their property. Defined differently, the same object has different properties, different goals and a different direction of movement.
You want to see how things really are, but there is no “really”. You are the one who creates boundaries and sees within these boundaries. Buddhism suggests rejecting boundaries, thus destroying the shape of objects, but what’s the point? What kind of revelation do you want to attain by contemplating a blank, white piece of paper? Suppose, you will become a white point on a blank, white piece of paper. What choice would it give you? The choice of arrogance? The choice of the pencil and the black point?
The I engenders rancor and anger. The I aggressively protects its boundaries. Having destroyed the boundaries of your I, you will get rid of the devil because the devil is the guardian of boundaries. The devil gives shape to things; the devil is the guardian of energy. Having destroyed the devilish boundaries, you will get access to the ocean of energy. To make use of it, however, you will have to resuscitate the devil because the devil is the shape of things. The devil is beauty, too.
To overcome fear, anger and pain, just imagine and believe the I does not exist. There is no I, I am not, I do not exist, I am the entire world… Having destroyed the I’s boundaries, you will destroy pain too.
Wishes create goals, goals define boundaries and boundaries are the source of sufferings. Getting rid of wishes destroys boundaries and brings freedom. Freedom is joyful. When you are free, you are similar to the ocean of energy – you do not exist but you do exist… You are pitifully small, you are nobody, yet, at the same time, you are everything.
Attachment to objects creates boundaries. The tangency of categories defines their boundaries and triggers a conflict of interests. Disregard of alien objects redefines the category, engendering the ocean. The ocean is indifferent to whales and fish.
One should not be attached to anything. The fish is attached to the ocean, the ocean to the Earth, the Earth to the Sun, the Sun to the galaxy and the galaxy to God. Tell me, what you are attached to and I will tell you who you are… the fish, the ocean, the Earth, the Moon, the Sun or the galaxy.
To be means to identify your boundaries. Uncertain entities that have no boundaries or autonomous territories do not exist as distinct organisms but are part of other organisms within whose boundaries they exist. However, the harmony of being lies in the simultaneity of these two states.
A rational person is one who has true love in him, that is, the love of truth. A rational person is not attached to visible things – he gets attached and stick the boundaries and goals of his Ego to invisible things, that is, Ideas. The shape of a rational person depends on his ideas whereas an irrational one depends on things surrounding him.