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After that half hour, I've never experienced more than a taste
In the Vajracchedika, the Buddha is reputed to have said: "When I attained Absolute Perfect Enlightenment, I attained absolutely nothing. That is why it is called Absolute Perfect Enlightenment."
With this Recognition, we relax and open up into an appreciation of what already is, as it is. This is why the process of searching can, in the end, be so self-defeating: it takes us away from the very "thing" for which we are looking and which is, of course, already present, here and now.
This is also why focusing upon the immediacy of our own intimate Awareness within the present moment can be so helpful, since it is through this Awareness that such moments of insight occur, and it is within this timeless Awareness that we can begin to rediscover who/what we really are....
This recognition is echoed in the magnificent insight of Gensha: "If you understand, things are such as they are. If you do not understand, things are such as they are." In his essay "Sitting Quietly, Doing Nothing," Alan Watts also addresses this issue in his discussion of "blocking" [which, in this context, would correspond to the experience of "holding on"]: "The simplest cure is to feel free to block [or hold on], so that one does not block at blocking. When one feels free to block, the blocking [holding on] automatically eliminates itself....The principle here is, of course, the same as getting out of the contradiction of 'trying to be spontaneous' through accepting the 'trying' as 'spontaneous' [in and of itself]...." The Way of Zen, pp. 150-151
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