Vivid Awareness

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Vivid Awareness

Postby White Lotus » Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:11 pm

i find very little teaching on Vivid awareness, becoming 'very' awake, though this is a state i have at times experienced and have a friend who is in this state all the time. he says that he is just 'awake', as if everyone else were a sleep walker.

what is the teaching on vivid awareness, vivid alertness. has anyone on this site come across such a teaching. if so, could you say a little about it please.

best wishes, Tom.
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Re: Vivid Awareness

Postby ground » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:03 pm

Hi Tom

If "Vivid Awareness" may be equalled with "presence" & "clarity" then what comes to my mind are the contexts of both Dzogchen (tibetan) and Satipatthàna (Theravada commentaries).

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Re: Vivid Awareness

Postby Kyosan » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:18 pm

White Lotus wrote:i find very little teaching on Vivid awareness, becoming 'very' awake, though this is a state i have at times experienced and have a friend who is in this state all the time. he says that he is just 'awake', as if everyone else were a sleep walker.

what is the teaching on vivid awareness, vivid alertness. has anyone on this site come across such a teaching. if so, could you say a little about it please.

best wishes, Tom.

When people experience the world they see the world as it is "the suchness" and at the same time their minds make judgements on what they see.

A very important goal in Buddhism is "quieting the mind". When this is accomplished you just see the suchness and there is greater "presence & clarity" because your mind is no longer distracted by the judgements.

That's why when you read the sutras they say things like
From "The Sutra of Innumerable Meanings":
... all laws were originally, will be, and are in themselves void in nature and form; They are Neither great nor small, Neither appearing nor disappearing, Neither fixed or movable, and neither advancing nor retreating; they are non dualistic, just emptiness. All living beings, however, discriminate falsely: "It is this" or "it is that", and "It is advantageous" or "It is disadvantageous" ...


They are describing the suchness.
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Re: Vivid Awareness

Postby White Lotus » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:23 pm

Tmingyur and Kyosan, thank you for your feedback. best wishes, Tom.
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