Ocean of Dharma

The Cast Iron Frying Pan of Mindlessness

Book coverWe are determined to ignore the possibility of any spaciousness in our experience. Space is completely frozen into mindlessness. There is a sense of being fixed, being part of a rock or a mountain. It is like flat air, which doesn’t have any energy. We begin to feel that our head is being flattened on top, as though we were wearing a cast iron frying pan on our head. We are constantly carrying that big flat metal object on our head. That is the ultimate level of bewilderment or ignorance, which is addressed by the dharma, or the teachings. The dharma is able to communicate the truth by relating to the confusion of sentient beings.

From “Being and Manifesting,” in Journey without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha, pages 106–107.

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