Vasubandhu says that the cessation of Alaya Vijnana: The 8th Consciousness occurs in Arhats. the Yogasastra says that even non regressive bodhisatvas also have extinguished the subtle mind as well as Arhats, Pratyekabuddhas and Tathagatas.
now i no longer have the subtle mind it seems that the breath enters and yet does not enter my nostrils. i am no longer able to enter samadhi and the oneness of mind and heart has vanished. before; to focus on my bodily mind was to focus on my bodily heart. head and heart were united. all zazen is now totally normal experience.
subtle mind extinguished when i pinned my mind in the hara and then merged it with the breath in the hara, such a simple thing to do. initial change was that the monkey mind had completely subsided and it was easy to sit in meditation for an hour with barely a single thought.
meditation now is an excercise which merely points towards cessation.
i would be very grateful for any quotes and references on cessation of Alaya Vijnana, to understand the experience in relation to academic teaching.
i realize that there are those that say that the 8th consciousness is indestructible and that to merely 'turn it over' is all that is needed.
my view on this experience is that it is merely another rung on the gradualist path, when all is already complete and always has been.
Huang Po taught: "All things have been free from blemish from the very beginning... why this talk of seeing into your own nature".
for almost a year seeing into my own nature was a daily experience and another rung on the ladder of the gradualist path. emptiness seen as easily as drinking a glass of water or looking at an object. i see none of these experiences as necessary. to me the ordinary mind that we all have is and always has been Buddha's mind.
i adhere to the vehicle that all things have always been complete, however i value the gradualist path, which has taken me beyond emptiness. now 'that' is a mountain. 'that' is a computer. that's that'. the stage of Icchantica beyond nature. i am no longer able to look within, my focus is immediately externalized. if i have a nature it is no longer within. i can truly say 'unborn', whilst before; when observing 'own nature' there was still a 'within', though that within was one with the 'without'. now prajna only reveals the without.
inspite of the extinction of own nature there is still a sense of the personal, though its very subtle and cant be pinned down. the personal without self. who is writing this? i wont give Bodhidharmas answer ("i dont know). i would say "i am writing this'', though there may be no 'I'. i find Bodhidharmas answer to contived and too conceptual and prefer the simple answer: "i am writing this".
i am sorry i have not visited this site for a while, access to a computer is difficult. I hope that you are all well and that rice bags is still visiting this site. it needs him.
best wishes, Tom x
in any matters of importance. dont rely on me. i may not know what i am talking about. take what i say as mere speculation. i am not ordained. nor do i have a formal training. i do believe though that if i am wrong on any point. there are those on this site who i hope will quickly point out my mistakes.