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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gil Fronsdal - The Ordinary Mind

1 comment:

  1. Its important to look at the game of "gaining enlightenment" as a goal oriented acquisition of some material object, and realize the fallacy of this. Yet it is also important to look at the reactions to this which indicate the "ordinary" or already established as supreme. Both can be seen as games, certainly the latter in the case of the many neo-advaita psuedo-gurus wandering about these days.

    The process must be acknowledged, but perhaps not necessarily as building new things or acquiring something outside ourselves, but rather to undo what we are doing which separates us from reality. To negate a negation. We are not seeking to remove ignorance of reality, but rather to cease to ignore reality.

    The dynamic nature of the process is both path and goal. The deeper meaning of this particular statement is explored most comprehensively in dzogchen, but many buddhist schools will also indicate this truth in other ways.

    The main problem with arguments of "natural" vs "supernatural" is derived from the fallacious belief that the fundamentally unknowable mystery of existence is actually already known, as either a higher or lower order. Once a person experiences reality in a direct way, any appellation of "ordinary" or "supernatural" becomes obsolete because that awareness reaches beyond any extremes by encompassing all of them.

    Denying the mystery and "magic" inherent in life itself can often be an inspirational disservice rather than a temporary beneficial panacea for lack of motivation. It can be a self-imposed limit to how deeply you are willing to acknowledge "real life" - not just as you know it, but even as you do not know it.

    It is wise to rest in equanimity, to not cling to a certain polarity. I enjoy providing counterpoints in the capacity of balancing somewhat polarized views, especially when the original argument already has great value and truth, as in this video.