Lojong Slogan 4

January 30, 2020   |   Leave a reply

 

This week at the Open Heart Project, we are contemplating the 4th of the 59 slogans of Atisha: “Self-liberate even the antidote.”
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This slogan is saying something like: If you think you’ve understood emptiness or enlightenment or any other so-called spiritual concept, that’s not it. It’s telling us that to arrive at a conclusion is to miss the point. Whatever we may come up with as an antidote (this belief, that idea, notions of all sorts) should also be liberated, meaning: released.
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Previous slogans invited us to look at everything as having no particular substance. You could interpret this to mean that whether you are sweet or cruel, it is the same because everything is empty, dreamlike. This slogan says not so fast.
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This is a very fierce and demanding slogan because it’s saying whatever you’re looking for to solve your problems, when you find it, let go. When you think letting go is the answer, let go. When you think letting go of letting go is the answer, let go. It makes me think of these words from Chogyam Trungpa:
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“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there is no ground.” Okay, that is some nutty good news. But it sounds just right.
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