The Dharma of Bodysurfing

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Tubes and Temporal Relativity

From Swell Lines Magazine

Perhaps, bodysurfing is the perfect mindfulness event, bringing together our need for shortened, but rich experience. The only requirement is to go. Be there. Our history is deep with obsession over the fountain of youth because we recognize the governor on our own existence.

Cross-posted to my Bodysurfing site, Surfevolucion.com

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"Why are you so petrified of silence

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Here can you handle this?

Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines
Or when you think you're gonna die
Or did you long for the next distraction"

Writer(s): +Alanis Morissette , Glen Ballard "All I Really Want" 1997
Copyright: Penny Farthing Music O.B.O. Arlovol Music, Songs Of Universal Inc., Penny Farthing Music, Vanhurst Place Music

People would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts
Maybe you can’t go to bed, or even the bathroom, without your phone. Or maybe you come home from work and immediately check email, turn…

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Two Realities, yo.

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"You've yet to realize the thought of the Able
As long as two ideas seem to you disparate:
The appearance of things—infallible interdependence; And emptiness—beyond taking any position.

At some point they no longer alternate, come together; Just seeing that interdependence never fails
Brings realization that destroys how you hold to objects, And then your analysis with view is complete."

Je Tsongkapa, "The Three Principle Paths"

Originally shared by +****

Ditching conventional truth.

Since I start participating actively in G+ Buddhist communities, it is quite often when someone (specially among Zen practitioners) comes up with ultimate concepts, like the very typical questions "who is the one is talking?" "there is no (insert here whatever, from selves to objects)", etc.
Sometimes is very ok to talk in ultimate terms, but only when the conversation is about ultimate or is used to teach something and there is no other way. More than often is used as a fallacy, instead of engage into the conversation´s subject or when someone is in trouble answering, switching to an ultimate question to invalidate any "personal" mentions.
Talking in ultimate terms is not the middle way. But in case someone doesn´t know what is ultimate and conventional truths, here a briefing:

The Buddhist doctrine of the two truths differentiates between two levels of truth (Sanskrit: satya) in Buddhist discourse: relative or commonsensical truth, and absolute or ultimate truth.
The doctrine was first expressed in complete form by Nāgārjuna.
The two truths doctrine states that there is:
Relative or common-sense truth (Sanskrit samvṛtisatya, Pāli sammuti sacca), which describes our daily experience of a concrete world, and
Ultimate truth (Sanskrit, paramārthasatya, Pāli paramattha sacca), which describes the ultimate reality as sunyata, empty of concrete and inherent characteristics.
The Sanskrit term for relative, "samvṛti", also implies false, hidden, concealed, or obstructed, as well as other nuanced concepts.
The conventional truth may be interpreted as "obscurative truth" or "that which obscures the true nature" as a result. It is constituted by the appearances of mistaken awareness. Conventional truth would be the appearance that includes a duality of apprehender and apprehended, and objects perceived within that. Ultimate truths, are phenomena free from the duality of apprehender and apprehended.

The Lankavatara sutra is quite explicit in assuming two forms of knowledge: the one for grasping the absolute or entering into the realm of Mind-only, and the other for understanding existence in its dual aspect in which logic prevails and the Vijnanas are active. The latter is designated Discrimination (vikalpa) in the Lanka and the former transcendental wisdom or knowledge (prajna). To distinguish these two forms of knowledge is most essential in Buddhist philosophy.

But even that if ultimate truth is the ultimate reality, which seeing trough it leads to the end of suffering, conventional truth is necessary, Nagarjuna said:
"Without a foundation in the conventional truth,
The significance of the ultimate cannot be taught.
Without understanding the significance of the ultimate,
Liberation is not achieved."

Conventional truth is necessary in order to proceed toward enlightenment—and to practice compassion—but its value is not intrinsic. Even though is necessary. At the end of the day, all language implies the use of conventional meanings, knowing the ultimate reality (sunyata) does not mean conventional concepts (using "I", "you", etc.) should be discarded from everyday life.

An enlightened being is not a mute being (and yes, in before someone of the "persons" I´m talking about points it out, in the ultimate truth there is not even a being or "enlightened being", but this article is written using conventional terms! 😛 )

Always talking in ultimate terms outside the right circumstances, is an extreme, is not the middle way, and can be quite annoying. 🙂

 
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From Matthieu Ricard, a man proven by #science to be happy:

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"The search for #happiness is not about looking at life through rose-colored glasses or blinding oneself to the pain and imperfections of the world. Nor is happiness a state of exultation to be perpetuated at all costs; it is the purging of mental toxins, such as hatred and obsession, that literally poison the mind. It is also about learning how to put things in perspective and reduce the gap between appearances and #reality . To that end we must acquire a better knowledge of how the #mind works and a more accurate insight into the nature of things, for in its deepest sense, suffering is intimately linked to a misapprehension of the nature of reality." Be sure to look up his #tedtalk

 
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