On being a practitioner — A Review of Jade’s Latest Eposide

My friend forwarded a podcast episode, hosted by Jade, a pre-professional woman devoted to “self-practicing or self-cultivation”. The master of Jade used much fewer “terms” than the impression I got from some comments.

The master’s talk revolves around wisdom and love and he thus used the concept of a combination of “twin flames”. It’s quite understandable, I would day, and is far from being over-mysterious. Actually you can totally understand what the master said with another set of terms, which might be more familiar to the masses, such as instrumental reason, compassionate thinking and the embrace of the world, so and so.

For a peacerful enough audience, they should not be either too surprised by a totally different system of wording or rushing to disregard the master’s terms out of hand, just because they haven’t never known them. I almost agree all the aspects said by the master. He does have a point and he haven’t expressed them pretty clearly and calmly, if you compare the way he was speaking to those even crappied speech emboldening you to “work hard to get success” bullshit.

But I would say for a bit more “advanced” practitioners, or those would like a bit lonely yet inpedenpent practice at the preliminary stage of life, I think there are “better” resources as far as I haven seen with my still relatively-narrow vision, such as “Conquer the mind”, a conversation between Kapil Gupta between Naval Ravikant; 阳明学叙要 by Qian Mu (钱穆);Sixth Buddha’s Platform Sutra by Hui Neng and lastly of course, The Diamond Sutra.

I recommend them because they touch almost upon no Attachment inthe mundane world. Actually, what matters should not be any fixed resources or coach or master; what matters is if one can think for oneself and is wilingness to practice what they think for themselves. This alone transcends any teachings. Of course it takes much much practice and experience, most of which you cannot even express in everyday terms. That’s why Buddhism says there are 三摩地 and stuff like that.

Hui Neng once said,

佛法在世间,不离世间觉 离世觅菩提,恰如求兔角

If you understand these sentences in an unattached way and further understand “如如不动” and “真如本性” in still moving forward, I think it’ll be a great way to “practice”. The rude awakening takes knowledge, time and more importantly one’s pure willingness.

One trap practitioners may wanna be free from is the thought of being totally free at some point down the line. There is no “totally”.

The most worthy state of mind or life I feel now is you are calmly working hard. Again it should not be viewed as something to be grabbed or held onto. I think one viewpoint might settle our confusion about practice: Do what you’re willing to do and be fucked up as you’re fucked up. That’s something I came to feel in recents years.

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