“When one past thought has ceased and a future thought has not yet risen, in that gap, in between, isn’t there a consciousness of the present moment; fresh, virgin, unaltered by even a hair’s breadth of concept, a luminous, naked awareness? Well, that’s what naturally peaceful awareness is.”


Sogyal Rinpoche

Frog 01

Ah yes, the Zen Master Frog. He is full of wisdom this morning. Notice how he regards his reflection – not! His countenance is that of Buddha-hood attained. He is at peace with all that is and with all that will ever be. Is it possible that this little being, this tiny creature whom some might consider as a gastronomical delight, is indeed the Buddha him (her) self? Chosen to return and reflect upon reflection and non-reflection . . . duality and non-duality – the duality of reflection, disregarded in the moment where thought has ceased and reality hangs in a moment of non-beingness.

Frog contemplates the world and thinks . . . or not. In the not thinking, there is not doing – there is only being. There is no attachment to thoughts, feelings, emotions. There is that momentary pause as when the day is about to be born, but has not yet realized its moment of birth.

Frog smiles and sees that it is all an illusion. All a reflection. Frog smiles because he knows . . . and knows that in the knowing, he does not know for there is no knowing or not knowing – there is only the Silence. And perhaps even silence gets bored sometimes and thus it creates non-silence – sounds and smells and planets and galaxies – something to fill the interminably quiet moments of non-being. A diversion, an entertainment. We dance so that Silence can play and be in non-silence.

Frog smiles.

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