the excluded middle way

Beauty is truth, truth beauty

“When old age shall this generation waste
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thoy say’st
‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”



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Huang po speaks of BigMind

Huang po:

“Only awake to the One Mind and there is nothing whatever to be attained. This pure Mind, the source of everything, shines forever and on all with the brilliance of its own perfection. But the people of the world do not awake to it, regarding only that which sees, hears, feels and knows as mind…. If they would only eliminate all conceptual thought in a flash, that source-substance would manifest itself like a sun…”


“The Master said to me: All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible. It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which exist or do not exist, nor can it be thought of in terms of new or old. It is neither long nor short, big nor small, for it transcends all limits, measure, names, traces and comparisons. It is that which you see before you – begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. It is like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured. The One Mind alone is the Buddha, and there is no distinction between the Buddha and sentient things, but that sentient beings are attached to forms and so seek externally for Buddhahood. By their very seeking they lose it, for that is using the Buddha to seek for the Buddha and using mind to grasp Mind. Even though they do their utmost for a full aeon, they will not be able to attain it. They do not know that, if they put a stop to conceptual thought and forget their anxiety, the Buddha will appear before them, for this Mind is the Buddha and the Buddha is all living beings. It is not the less for being manifested in ordinary beings, nor is it greater for being manifest in the Buddhas.”

Filed under: emptiness, form, inspiration, meditation, Mind, non conceptual mind, practice, Understanding the Mind, very subtle mind

both Dawkins and Dharma

“There are two ways of looking at the world. Through faith and superstition, or through the rigors of logic, observation and evidence, through reason”


Dear Mr Dawkins.

I love you, really I do. But please try to see that there are not just Either/Or ways of looking at the world.

What about Both/And?

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Filed under: both/and, Dawkins, dharma, emptiness, form, Integral, Science, Skepticism, Two Truths, UL, UR, Video

Her U Ka

Shadows. Children of sun-rays and matter
Not as beautiful as the direct reflections of father light
And impossible to separate from mother manifestation
No different from the empty light of solid stuff.

Effortless projections of manifestation
Herself a product of His unceasing radiance
And Her playful dance
On the edge of dreams.

Filed under: emptiness, form, Two Truths

The Excluded Middle Way

My good friend and fellow traveller, Joty, has recently started a new blog and his first post – a review of some of the themes in Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘ Call Me By My True Name‘ – is well worth a read.

“Gentlemen, I am from the Centre!” is a wonderful statement and is exactly what Both/And (the excluded middle way) is all about…

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Filed under: both/and, conceptual mind, dharma, emptiness, form, Madhyamaka, Madhyamaka Prāsaṅgika, Middle Way, non conceptual mind, the excluded middle, Thich Nhat Hanh

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