Posted by: madhyama | April 6, 2010

A Pratyeka heretic and another cloud of approximations

Right now includes the fruition of innumerable karmic patterns and simultaneously comprises the seeds (initial conditions) which will ripen as conditions evolve.   Much of our ancestral religious traditions seem to me to be preoccupied with the present-as-fruit at the expense of the present-as-seed.   If meditation is to function properly there should be a shift to understanding and experiencing the present with a sensitivity to initial conditions, a phrase I steal from Chaos Theory.  I don’t know much about chaos theory as a mathematics narrative but one conclusion is that the best predictor of a given result is the quality of the earliest intermediate influences, i.e. the initial conditions.

As meditators we wish that our relationships become more wholesome and that our behaviour in general result in fewer painful or harmful consequences.  The best predictor of a wholesome evolution of self and relationship is to cultivate innocence in our meditation.  Innocence means to not harbour any harmful intent.  It’s not about the dewey eyed naivete which is the usual caricature; it’s not even about feeling good will toward all being.  It’s just the mind and the awareness that does not exclude, an openness which crowds out exclusive qualities such as ill will.  Finding that awareness that lets the fruit be the fruit and embraces the present in ways that do not nourish ill will, resentment, anger or any of the toxic qualities of mind, means that mind and body have receded temporarily.  A weakened comparative awareness results in a moment of peace.  Back and forth, mind and body advance, mind and body recede.  Each is an initial condition, now engaged with the karmic world.  We don’t know what (if anything) will come to fruition as a consequence of a moment of noncomparative awareness but Chaos Theory predicts  that innocence at the beginning will help things evolve in a good way, a better way; the middle way.   When mind and body advance innocence is assailed by ancestral axioms but less vigorously as time goes by.

It makes me think of Lin Chi’s “True Man of No Rank” which he says is moving “in and out of your face”; we see this sort of reciprocal observation often in  meditation.

Here’s some more podcasts.  I don’t really remember them well and if they’ve been posted before, my apologies.  The first one is about 13 minutes and touches on some of the themes I wrote on above.

This one is just over 14 minutes.  It’s yet another take on Lin Chi’s utterance:

This one is about 13 min 30 seconds.  It’s kin hin instruction from August 2009.

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