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What is Hakuin pointing out in his words: "The gate of the oneness of cause and effect is thereby opened" ?
February 25, 2014, 7:49 pmWe as humans have our mind filled with thoughts and worries, yet only because we get stuck on our ego, we believe that it is something terrible and difficult. Yet when we sit zazen and experience our true nature, realizing that our mind being empty is our true nature, is Buddha Nature. From there being able to accept this life just the way it is and seeing that our ego is just an apparition. Only if we get stuck to it, wanting this and that, getting upset and joyful again, we cannot see that there is nothing of true essence in any of these. "... we directly realize that Self Nature is no nature. We will have gone far beyond idle speculation." We then stop worrying about this and that in our mind - all doubt have disappeared. This is the basic experience which is then being expressed in the following words: "The gate of the oneness of cause and effect is thereby opened." This is the logical expression of this experience, that the wisdom of the Buddha can be found within yourself only. The we can see for ourselves that we were not insignificant, but when there is nothing in my mind, then this is the wisdom of the Buddha, which cannot be found somewhere else, neither being reached through training. Cause and effect - they are one, they are the wisdom of the Buddha we have been searching for. The gate is opened since there is no need to look anywhere outside for this anymore, the gate of wisdom is now opened. And from there we realized that our mind has always been open. We do not have to get anywhere and work hard for this, but right here is where we can find the wisdom of the Buddha within our own mind.
Hakuin is taking these words from the sutras, where it says: "If you want to know the past, look at the present. If you want to know the future, look at the present."
What can we learn from these words, how to live from there? Everyday, every moment to live each moment as completely as possible. Like it says from olden days: "Walking steadily like an ox. The road is not short, but if we stay with our walking, then we will reach safely. Even a long road can be travelled." - or - "This fall not knowing whether it will be rain or storm, when the farmer works his fields, whether his harvest will get hit by rain or storm, not worrying about this, even if this were to happen, all there is working on this field now. Maybe not all results are good, but this does not mean to stop making efforts."
This cannot be grasped by intellectual understanding, but by looking at our life at this very moment, not getting confused by thought. But someone who can live like this will also have the results come accordingly.