Foyan – The Basis of Awareness

This episode’s reading is a selection called “The Basis of Awareness” from Instant Zen, a translation by Thomas Cleary of the writings of zen master Foyan. Foyan was a 12th century Chinese Zen master and is one of the few Zen masters that Cleary felt equal to the great ones of the Golden Age of Zen from the 7th to 10th centuries.

As befitting Zen, this is a very short reading.

This is podcast # 8 in The Induction Series. The aim of this series is to focus on “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said that “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Selected Links and Topics from this Episode:

  • Read more about three of my favorite Zen masters.
  • “When you are looking inward, furthermore, there is no seeing subject. Some people swallow this in one gulp, so their eye of insight opens wide and they immediately arrive at their homeland.” Compare this to Douglas Harding’s work: “All I need to do to see into my Essential Nature is to turn round the arrow of my attention at this very moment and see that I am looking at this word processor out of nothing whatever….”
  • Not ready to read the book Instant Zen? Try another short writing by Foyan: “Sitting Meditation.”
  • Leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment. Our goal is to reach 100 reviews by the end of The Induction Series. We’re now at 63!

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To Think of Time – Walt Whitman

This episode’s reading is a selection called “To Think of Time” from Walt Whitman’s 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. Describing the writing as “soaring” may seem cliched, but if you listen and allow the words to work their magic you may feel the expansion and uplifting that Whitman strives to transmit as the covering of self slips from the Self.

Bear in mind, this work with transport you back to the worldview of 1855. I’ve defined a few of the archaic terms in the show notes below and hope you feel Whitman’s call for a greater humanity despite his use of terms which some would judge as “unenlightened” at the least. Don’t miss the feeling underlying his words.

This is podcast # 7 in The Induction Series. The aim of this series is to focus on “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said that “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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If you enjoy The Induction Series, please leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment.  There are currently 57 reviews and once we reach 100 reviews that boosts the visibility of the book.  You don’t have to purchase the book on Amazon to leave a review, and a few minutes of your time will help others seekers find the book.  Just click the link above and leave a few words in a review.  Thank you! 

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Selected Links and Topics from this Episode:

  • Whitman’s description of his spiritual experience comes from his essay “Democratic Vistas” and you can read the selection I quoted here: Walt Whitman – “The luminousness of real vision”
  • Accouchement means a birth.
  • Zambo is a term used in the historic Spanish and Portuguese empires referring to people of mixed Indigenous and African ancestry.
  • A hostler is a person employed to look after the horses of people staying at an inn.
  • Richard Bucke’s 1905 edition of Cosmic Consciousness.
  • I have a beautiful hardcover copy of Whitman’s 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, so was disappointed to find none on Amazon. There is one quality paperback version, however.
  • Leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment. Our goal is to reach 100 reviews by the end of The Induction Series. We’re now at 57!

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Spiritual Poetry: Seeker and Finder

This episode’s reading is a short excerpt of spiritual poetry from the TAT Foundation publication Beyond Mind, Beyond Death. It’s the first volume published by the TAT Press, and I consider it a “desert island” book–one you return to again and again for insight and inspiration. The reading opens with “Just Look” by J.C. Its final line, “Drop all else and come to Me” is particularly poignant considering this seeker passed away several years ago. The poem reveals the frustrations of a person not knowing where to turn, but also the inner knowing that speaks to all, offering guidance. “The Other Side” by Bob Cergol clearly originates from the Silence, illustrating the position of both seeker and that which is sought, but this time definitively stating that “in that nothing is your Being/And in that Being– everything.”

This is podcast # 6 in The Induction Series. The aim of this series is to focus on “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said that “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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If you enjoy The Induction Series, please leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment.  There are currently 54 reviews and once we reach 100 reviews that boosts the visibility of the book.  You don’t have to purchase the book on Amazon to leave a review, and a few minutes of your time will help others seekers find the book.  Just click the link above and leave a few words in a review.  Thank you! 

Please feel free to leave comments or send an email with the contact form.  I always appreciate hearing your thoughts.


 

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Selected Links and Topics from this Episode:

  • “your true heart e’er knows the way –/Just find and follow its golden ray”
  • “Look, just Look/Look and See”
  • “What shape was made with flesh and bone/That made this form your form alone?”
  • “From the other side there comes the call/’Your self is here, not there at all.'”
  • A comment from Bob Cergol about the poem: “The idea was to paint a picture of how the ‘I’ arises out of experience and loses its connection with the Source and then re-finds itself. When and how did your sense of ‘I’ first appear? What was the first sound that awakend ‘I’ in you and closed your ear to the Silent Source? What sight first cemented you in this vision of reality that blinded you to the True Light?”
  • Read more about Bob Cergol.
  • Getting Back to What’s Important,” an article by J.C.
  • Leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment. Our goal is to reach 100 reviews by the end of The Induction Series. We’re now at 54!

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The Realization of Nisargadatta Marahaj

This episode’s reading is an an excerpt from the book I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, which I found at searchwithin.org. The excerpt was titled “The Realization of Nisargadatta.” Though not labelled as such in the book, in this excerpt Nisargadatta clearly and, as always, succinctly describes his spiritual realization. See my review of Nisargadatta Maharaj for more about this remarkable sage.

This is podcast # 5 in The Induction Series. The aim of this series is to focus on “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said that “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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If you enjoy The Induction Series, please leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment.  There are currently 48 reviews and once we reach 100 reviews that boosts the visibility of the book.  You don’t have to purchase the book on Amazon to leave a review, and a few minutes of your time will help others seekers find the book.  Just click the link above and leave a few words in a review.  Thank you! 

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Selected Links and Topics from this Episode:

  • The manner of Nisargadatta’s self-realization.
  • “True words always come true.”
  • The desire to go within.
  • The void beyond consciousness.
  • All knowledge is ignorance.
  • “Stop moving and there will be no world.”
  • Leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment. Our goal is to reach 100 reviews by the end of The Induction Series. We’re now at 48!

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The Penny That Blots Out The Sun – Alfred Pulyan

This episode’s reading is an essay by Alfred Pulyan titled “The Penny That Blots Out The Sun.” Pulyan was a little-known Zen teacher based in Connecticut and active in the 1950s through his death in 1966. Like so many authentic teachers, he labored in relative obscurity, yet his words and deeds continue to affect many. See my review of Alfred Pulyan for a few more tidbits.

This is podcast # 4 in The Induction Series. The aim of this series is to focus on “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said that “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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If you enjoy The Induction Series, please leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment.  There are currently 44 reviews and once we reach 100 reviews that boosts the visibility of the book.  You don’t have to purchase the book on Amazon to leave a review, and a few minutes of your time will help others seekers find the book.  Just click the link above and leave a few words in a review.  Thank you! 

Please feel free to leave comments or send an email with the contact form.  I always appreciate hearing your thoughts.


 

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Selected Links and Topics from this Episode:

  • Seekers caught in continual seeking
  • The actual way in which a student is brought to awakening
  • Subud and Pak Subuh
  • Consciousness seeing itself
  • All mental attempts to reach the pure consciousness are in vain
  • The real enemy is the “my” consciousness
  • “All we do is rotate our own ideas like a squirrel in a cage.”
  • Grace
  • Transmission
  • Check out Bart Marshall’s Letters of Transmission: The Enlightenment Method of Zen Master Alfred Pulyan to see correspondence between Richard Rose and Alfred Pulyan.
  • Leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment. Our goal is to reach 100 reviews by the end of The Induction Series. We’re now at 44!

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