Shunyata and Satori

 

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This is in response to a question from a zen practitioner about the emptiness and meaningless of life. It comes from a misunderstanding of “shunyata” or emptiness, which could just as well mean the vast unobstructed openness of awareness. 

“When it is realized that life is empty, meaningless, is not going anywhere and one’s life has no significance at all, it must be seen this realization is still a philosophical interpretation, a conceptual overlay on what is, and is not true. It is still an expression of the human neurotic process.

Satori is when this neurotic process suddenly stops. There is complete presence with what is actually happening now as there is no where else to be. Something, actually many things, stop happening.

The life scripts and the set of assumptions they are based upon are gone. All philosophical, psychological, religious, metaphysical and existential overlays are gone. There is no past or future. There is only This. Vast unobstructed awareness.

The neurotic process ends and life is lived in complete spontaneity, openness, vulnerability and astonishment. No one knows what is going to happen next. Or what is going on now. It is all just happening.

Everything that exists, exists now. Everything that happens, happens now. This is it. This is all there is. This is being your un-born Buddha nature. Relax.”

Already Enlightened – By Steven Norquist

Right now you are 100% seeing all the truth that could ever be. You think you are not seeing it but it is impossible to avoid. You are fully enlightened and you could never be otherwise.

The simple ordinary awareness that you have of anything that arises either in the world, or in your mind is the truth. There is nothing more to enlightenment than realizing directly that what is appearing in awareness, “before” you take claim of it, is the truth.

The Ultimate Reality is that there is not, nor has there ever been a you to take claim of any object of awareness.

There is no self. Enlightenment is simply pure selfless awareness of everything that arises moment to moment. It is a ghostly feeling of non-being combined with hammering clarity. It is a shimmering beauty beyond earthly description that is felt by emptiness.

You are that emptiness and have always been that. There has only ever been enlightenment. There has only ever been existence/awareness.

Feel the emptiness, your non-being as the universe expands to infinity. Walk into a crowded room and never find yourself. If you can do these then you will know you are already enlightened and in that knowing you will realize you have always known this and yet have never existed to know it.

Whether you rest in your ignorance or your knowledge, you have arrived.

Steven Norquist 2010

Here is Steven talking about this essay and reading it. It is only 4 minutes long. https://youtu.be/cp9I3Fhfsic

Steven’s website – http://www.hauntedpress.net

nlightened

Right now you are 100% seeing all the truth that could ever be. You think you are not seeing it but it is impossible to avoid. You are fully enlightened and you could never be otherwise.

r has there ever been a you to take claim of any object of awareness.

There is no self. Enlightenment is simply pure selfless awareness of everything that arises moment to moment. It is a ghostly feeling of non-being combined with hammering clarity. It is a shimmering beauty beyond earthly description that is felt by emptiness. 
You are that emptiness and have always been that. There has only ever been enlightenment. There has only ever been existence/awareness.
Feel the emptiness, your non-being as the universe expands to infinity. Walk into a crowded room and never find yourself. If you can do these then you will know you are already enlightened and in that knowing you will realize you have always known this and yet have never existed to know it. 
Whether you rest in your ignorance or your knowledge, you have arrived.
Steven Norquist 2010

Already Enlightened

Right now you are 100% seeing all the truth that could ever be. You think you are not seeing it but it is impossible to avoid. You are fully enlightened and you could never be otherwise.

The Ultimate Reality is that there is not, nor has there ever been a you to take claim of any object of awareness.
There is no self. Enlightenment is simply pure selfless awareness of everything that arises moment to moment. It is a ghostly feeling of non-being combined with hammering clarity. It is a shimmering beauty beyond earthly description that is felt by emptiness. 
You are that emptiness and have always been that. There has only ever been enlightenment. There has only ever been existence/awareness.
Feel the emptiness, your non-being as the universe expands to infinity. Walk into a crowded room and never find yourself. If you can do these then you will know you are already enlightened and in that knowing you will realize you have always known this and yet have never existed to know it. 
Whether you rest in your ignorance or your knowledge, you have arrived.
Steven Norquist 2010