Awakening Buddha Nature

Openess & Insight

“If we imagine that our mind is like the blue sky,
and that across it pass thoughts as clouds,
we can get a feel for that part of it which is other than our thoughts.

The sky is always present;
it contains the clouds and yet is not contained by them.

So with our awareness.
It is present and encompasses all our thoughts, feelings, and sensations;
yet it is not the same as them.

To recognize and acknowledge this awareness,
with its spacious, peaceful quality,
is to find a very useful resource within.

We see that we need not identify with each thought just because it happens to occur.
We can remain quiet and choose which thought we wish to attend to.
And we can remain aware behind all these thoughts,
in a state that offers an entirely new level of openness and insight.

From: ‘How Can I Help; Stories and Reflections on Service’ Ram Dass and Paul Gorman

Thoughts, feelings, sensations. All these arise and fall within the free play of mind.

What remains is awareness.
Unbounded. Free. Limitless.
Meditation lets us remember that aspect of ourselves. Taste it. Feel it. Experience it.
That’s why you see the Buddha almost always pictured in meditation.
For that is his greatest teaching.
Go within.
Taste the freedom there.
And once found it will radiate from every pore of your body. In truth your body will be reborn to it’s true self.
Limitless, aware, and free.
Be Inspirational!

By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of based out of Toronto, Canada.

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