Realizing the Manifest Self--the Life Force permeating our humanity--and the Unmanifest source from which it arises.
20 July 2010
Hi Ed, a short question which I hope you can address. I have been meditating for many years, mainly Soto Zen, but have come to see within the last 2 years or so that this is leading nowhere. As I listen to the "master" at the local temple go over and over the Dharma that it is very clear is not coming from a "pure place" so to speak. It is mainly old talks repeated over the years.
So, I am now interested in pursuing a way of inquiry that follows from the following statement you made:
"Inquiry can mean merely abiding in the inner light of consciousness, doing nothing." While I do not witness the inner light of consciousness, I am constantly aware of the ever-present "sound of silence"...the nada sound...a high energy sound. Can this be referred to as the "inner sound of consciousness?" My main question is: can this be used in Inquiry by asking "Who is aware of this sound?" and stay with that? Thanks for your response, M.
Well, you can use that sound in this way, but the primary focus of your meditation is the sound, which is an object of you. It is better to look for You directly, the looker. But more easily, is to find the sense of I, which gradually expands to become the light of consciousness. You don't want to have to depend on an object to find the subject, because it gives the object too much life.