August 4, 2015
Take Heart, Disciples!
Understand, then, these brief insights,
conveyed from the heart essence of the matter,
which we jointly seek.
Behold, the Truth is at hand!
Understand, then, and do no disparage yourself,
for in doing so you taint the pure heart essence,
that is your very nature.
Rejoice instead in the innate perfection of all things.
For this insight analysis, offered humbly,
provides the following words,
offered like petals to the wind.
Know then, that reality is neither this nor that.
Ponder this paradox, seeing then that systems,
answers, and the precious dharma itself,
must by necessity be without form or shape.
Findable by metaphor only.
Understand that compassion arises as a result,
of the profound awareness, arising in secret,
can only be conveyed in dark rooms from one
lay disciple to the next.
For behold, the precious teacher is neither
the answer nor not the answer.
For the precious teacher can only lead you
to the trough, but cannot drink for you.
Thus are the teachers both indispensable,
and yet cannot provide the final answer.
Disparaging yourself will do nothing to
forward you to the goal.
Love yourself, for you are the pure heart essence.
The heart essence, being by its very nature,
unfindable and unknowable, yet simultaneously
findable and knowable when pondering its very
It is this fundamental paradox that confuses
the lay disciple,
forcing them back into the refuge of the
Ponder this for a moment,
share with me the heart essence.
Thus it is.
Reality, being unknowable and uncreated,
cannot be found by the logical mind.
Endlessly analyzing, each analysis brings up and
Grasping, finally, that it is this empty answer that
is the heart essence of the quest.
For in not finding, the disciple realizes too that
this not finding is not the answer to their question.
That the questioning itself is the answer,
that the endless analysis leads to suchness.
This suchness, the result of the equipoise between
the question that provides no answer and the
realization of its emptiness, is the fruit itself.
Offering only metaphors, the countless and compassionate
teachers, provide a refuge from that ultimate
realization, until in confidence the disciple
is ready to grasp the heart essence and accept
their own divinity.
Take heart, rejoice!
Enlightenment is surely the result of your quest,
for it is at hand.
It is, in fact, in front of your very eyes.
For the apparent impurity is itself the heart of the matter,
as equally pure as the highest Buddhafield,
where the countless bodhisattvas reside in meditative bliss.
Behold! It is in front of your very eyes!
It is this heart essence, this impossibility, that by letting
go of the grasping to the idea of the duality of things,
that the disciple finally accepts the one taste of
Rejoice, the question is answered!
The heart essence of the matter is thus:
Remember that the suchness cannot be tainted
by knowing or not knowing;
that the isness of reality simply resides
in the equipoise between the question and its
Take heart, do not be discouraged!
Ponder instead that the infinite compassion of the
Buddhas arises from the impossibility of
And thus with inexhaustible compassion,
They arise from the emptiness,
to provide the answer without answering.
Do not disparage,
for these words should not destroy your faith,
but rather provide infinite bliss,
in the final resolution to your question that
has no answer.
For in having no answer, it also has an answer.
Thus in equipoise between not being this nor that,
the disciple meditates in perfect insight,
resting in the suchness,
being eternally grateful for the teachers
who teach nothing and yet everything.
For the disciple, who ultimately cannot find
the answer through the guru,
and to the guru who is indispensable
to finding the answer.
For the compassion of the guru,
conveys the heart essence of the matter,
in pith instruction.
Rejoice, take heart!
For you have found what you sought.
Behold, it is your very nature!
And thus has it always been so.
The above was written to commemorate the Guru Purnima Festival on July 31st, 2015. The student humbly offers the following words of encouragement to the lay practitioner that they might take hope that their efforts will bear fruit.