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Chapter 4: Be like a Hollow Bamboo

In the East we understand it more deeply, that this very effort to become is the barrier, because you are already carrying your being with you. You need not become anything. Simply realize who you are, that’s all. Simply realize who is hidden within you. Improving, whatsoever you improve, you will always be in anxiety and anguish because the very effort to improve is leading you on a wrong path. It makes the future meaningful, a goal meaningful, ideals meaningful, and then your mind becomes a desiring.

Desiring, you miss. Let desiring subside, become a silent pool of non-desiring, and suddenly you are surprised, unexpectedly it is there. And you will have a belly laugh, as Bodhidharma laughed. And Bodhidharma’s followers say that when you become silent, again you can hear his roaring laugh. He is still laughing. He has not stopped laughing since then. He laughed because, “What type of joke is this? You are already that which you are trying to become! How can you be successful if you are already that, and you are trying to become that? Your failure is absolutely certain. How can you become that which you are already?” So Bodhidharma laughed.

Bodhidharma was exactly a contemporary of Tilopa. They may have known each other, maybe not physically, but they must have known each other.the same quality of being.

Giving not, nor taking, put your mind at rest.
Mahamudra is like a mind that clings to naught.

You have achieved if you don’t cling; nothingness in your hand and you have achieved.

Mahamudra is like a mind that clings to naught.
Thus practicing, in time you will reach buddhahood.

What, then, is to be practiced? It is to be more and more at ease, to be more and more here and now, to be more and more in action and less and less in activity. To be more and more hollow, empty, passive. To be more and more a watcher: indifferent, not expecting anything, not desiring anything. To be happy with yourself as you are. To be celebrating.

And then, any moment, any moment when things ripen and the right season comes, you bloom into a buddha.

Enough for today.