“Buddhas’ Satisfaction

Buddhas are satisfied.
This means finding truth within samsara.
For men this word is hard to explain, but it is truly excellent.
It should be respected more than any other.
It cuts through samsara.
Don’t be reborn anywhere.
Be above goodness, neurosis, and merit.
Just have an empty mind.
Then the mind abandons everything,
and nothing dangerous or bad is left inside.
It’s higher than being born, or dying.
Think carefully about it,
then you will know nirvana like the buddhas.” Buddhadasa Bhikku


Finding truth within samsara. Assuming this translation is adequate, and it might not be, well I like this idea. It says to me that the angle is not so much eliminating pain or suffering, but just finding truth. There is samsara, and finding the truth in it. At the same time, the satisfaction of finding this truth does mean satisfaction, and so an end of some suffering I guess.

Maybe or maybe not. Maybe it helps to go this way- ending the pain doesn’t necessarily happen, but you can find some truth, and that is inherently valuable. Truth is its own value, and not just because it satisfies or placates somehow.

“‘In order to perceive more directly, we can examine the familiar process of experiencing clarity and understanding, which inevitably gives way to confusion or ‘not knowing’.” Tarthang Tulku, “Time, Space, and Knowledge”

This is a surprising and intriguing idea. Honestly, I have not really tried it out. It suggests a kind of practice in itself. I think maybe it’s safe to leave it at that: this quote suggests a kind of practice of observing one’s own mind, in terms of clarity and confusion. It may be worth trying out.” Intro to TSK

Then clarity/confusion is just part of samsara. You can find truth within samsara, and this feels good, or provides some sense of sanity or freedom, but is it ever free from samsaric momentum? That’s a good question, I think. Truth is a big word. It’s assumed important as part of the process of questioning and thinking. However, truth doesn’t seem to me to separate you from samsara. Maybe the argument against that is that there are differing strengths or levels of truth, the highest or strongest ones being able to cut that link.

Of course, “truth within samsara” suggests that you have it both ways- you find the truth, but you don’t get released at all. You have truth, samsara, and that’s it. Seems very unsatisfying.


About jakekarlins

Aspiring writer and artist, dharma practitioner, yogi.

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