The Open Dimension

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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Tibetan Mastiff



Lord Gampopa said that the nature of thoughts is Dharmakaya ( Emptiness ) : 

Thoughts and Dharmakaya are inseparable. We have this dualistic approach of seeing Dharmakaya as pure and thoughts as impure, but we need to understand the inseparability of thoughts and Dharmakaya.

Every moment that we have thought, every moment that thought arises, we have the opportunity to recognize the nature of thought as Emptiness or Dharmakaya, whatever you want to call it. Thought and the Emptiness of its nature are inseparable. We can’t make them separate; there’s no separation. Because thought itself is Emptiness that means actually in everyday life we have lots of opportunity to recognize and realize the nature of thought, or nature of Emptiness, or Dharmakaya. But we just follow the appearances, the illusions – we don’t look deeper.
( So then , how can thoughts possibly be obstacles to meditation ? )

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sayings of Longchenpa

“In the universal womb that is boundless space
all forms of matter and energy occur
as flux of the four elements,
but all are empty forms, absent in reality:
all phenomena, arising in pure mind, are like that.

Just as dream is a part of sleep,
unreal in its arising,
so all and everything is pure mind,
never separated from it,
and without substance or attribute.
Experience is neither mind nor anything but mind;
it is a vivid display of emptiness, like magical illusion,
in the very moment inconceivable and unutterable.
all experience arising in the mind,
at its inception, know it as emptiness .
“Pure mind is like the empty sky,
without memory, supreme meditation;
it is our own nature, unstirring, uncontrived,
and wherever that abides is the superior mind,
one in buddhahood without any sign,
one in view free of limiting elaboration,
one in meditation free of limiting ideation,
one in conduct free of limiting endeavor,
and one in fruition free of limiting attainment.

Vast! Spacious!
Released as it stands!
With neither realization nor non-realization;
experience consummate! no mind!
it is open to infinity.” 
“Since everything is but an apparition,
 having nothing to do with good or bad,
 acceptance or rejection,
 one may well burst out in laughter.” 

“We should cast aside all childish games
 that fetter and exhaust body, speech and mind;
 and stretching out in inconceivable nonaction,
 in the unstructured matrix, the actuality of emptiness
where the natural perfection of reality lies,
we should gaze at the uncontrived
of every experience, all conditioning
 and ambition resolved with finality.” 
“Freedom attends reality:
free at the core, any effort is wasted;
timelessly free, no release is needed;
free in itself, no corrective is possible;
directly free, released in seeing;
completely free, pure in nature;
constantly free, familiarization is redundant;
and naturally free, freedom cannot be contrived.

Yet 'freedom' is just a verbal convention,
and who is 'realized' and who is not?
how could anyone be 'liberated'?
how could anyone be lost in samsara?
reality is free of all delimitation!

Freedom is timeless, so constantly present;
freedom is natural, so unconditional;
freedom is direct, so pure vision obtains;
freedom is unbounded, so no identity possible;
freedom is unitary, so multiplicity is consumed.

Conduct changes nothing - our lives are already free!
meditation achieves nothing - our minds are already free!
the view realizes nothing - all dogma is freedom!
fruition demands nothing - we are free as we are!” 

“Homage to glorious Samantabhadra, the all-good
To timeless buddhahood, basic total presence,
to unchanging spontaneity, the spacious vajra-heart,
to the nature of mind - natural perfection,
constantly, simply being, we bow down.”


Sunday, August 09, 2015

Chidambaram Temple , South India

Friday, August 07, 2015

Tulasi Devi

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum