John Saward – January 26, 2017 at 10:52AM

“No Separate Places

Nirvana and samsara won’t be found in separate places or in separate times: the empty nature of samsara is itself nirvana. Not seeing the empty nature of nirvana is itself samsara.

Pure Awareness and afflicted mind won’t be found in separate places or in separate times. The empty nature of the afflicted mind is itself Pure Awareness. Not seeing the empty nature of Pure Awareness is the afflicted mind.

The ego-self and no-self won’t be found in separate places or in separate times. The empty nature of the ego-self is indeed the no-self. Clinging to the empty nature of the no-self is indeed itself, the presence of the ego-self. The imagined non-existence of the one, is the imagined existence of the other.

Wisdom and ignorance won’t be found in separate places or in separate times. Seeing the empty nature of ignorance is itself wisdom. Not seeing the empty nature of wisdom is indeed ignorance not seen.

Obstacles and release won’t be found in separate places or in separate times. The empty nature of obstacles is their own release. Not seeing the empty nature of freedom and release, we are bound and obstacled by our own freedom and shackled without release.

We won’t find peace and turbulence in separate places nor in separate times. The empty nature of turbulence is itself our long sought peace. Not seeing the empty nature of our peace, we turn peace into turbulence, like crashing waves that never seem to cease.

Not seeing the emptiness of our current condition we search for realization near and far. Realization is the ever present emptiness of our current condition however it may appear. Awareness can only be found as the luminous and knowing emptiness that is exactly what and where we always are.”


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