WINDSWEPT, ZEN-SWEPT, MIND DUNES
An Author Writes Anonymously Of An Even More Anonymous Zen Master
I think the person that is the subject of this article would object to being labelled as a mind. Why for? Because his mind is very different than most minds on the planet. And I agree. The person I am writing about must "have" one of the most different minds out there. Through the years he has written a large number of articles, but they are spread all over the internet. You can't find all or even most of his texts on any one page on the net. But if you Google his name, you'll find thousands of pages.
The name he uses is "the Wanderling" and he has a very different idea about what life is and what existence is.
What's so different about him and his mind? For one thing, his mind is Enlightened. He sees another reality than you and me. And like the Buddha, he cannot tell you what that reality is. Not because he doesn't want to, but because most of us wouldn't get it anyway. That's because we're not Enlightened. According to the Wanderling, as I read his words, most of us are seeing a smaller reality. We see the shadows of the world and only when we become Enlightened will we be able to see through the shadows.
About the Wanderling
According to his own gospel, the Wandelring became Enlightened when he was very young and got to spend some time with a respected guru. WIthin an hour in the guru's presence his 'mental barriers were reduced to nothingness' and he was Enlightened.
The Wanderling has numerous webpages on the net about this ordeal, about Zen Buddhism in general and about Enlightenment in particular.
The identity of the Wanderling is unknown and to my knowledge no pictures exist of him. He is, as far as I can tell, a practising Zen Buddhist.
Just what can he tell you?
What he can do is point to the shadows that we are seeing and tell us that they are shadows.
So, why don't people get it? Because you can't get it, until you get it. It's a bit like trying to teach a kid how to ride a bike. No matter how many times you tell him how to ride it, he will only learn it by doing it. And by falling to the ground again and again. Or you could say that it's like trying to describe sound to a person who's deaf. Or colors to a person that's blind.
You probably remember a lot of things you had to learn by doing them. Things that you couldn' learn by studying a textbook. Do you play football, soccer, basketball or any sport like that? Then you know there is a lot more to those games than just passing the ball and getting it past the goal line or into the net. And you only get good at any sport by trying and trying and trying.
The same goes for academic studies. The basic knowledge has been learned by doing. You know how to add two numbers and even multiply them. But how did you learn it? By doing it again and again, until suddenly you appreciated the way numbers work with addition and multiplication.
What is Mickey saying?
I remember the moment that I suddenly acquired the ability to read. I knew all the letters, but in that particular moment my mind realized how they form words. Suddenly I could read what Mickey Mouse was saying.
The Wanderling thinks that existence is like that. He thinks that we could become Enlightened and suddenly "get it".
But why would we want to? Would it make it possible for us to build better cars? No. Would Enlightenment make it easier for us to earn more money? No. Would we have a better chance of finding the love of our life? No.
The enlightenment that the Wanderling is talking about is so different, that if we finally get it, all of what we think makes sense now, will stop making sense. In much the same way I don't really enjoy looking at drawings of Mickey Mouse anymore. I need to read what he's saying, before I really enjoy the drawings. Each particular drawing made enough sense in and of itself before I learned to read. Now that I am able to read, I want something else out of Mickey Mouse. I want suspense, I want humor and I want a story.
The dangerous shadows
All that I've learned in my life, all the talent I've use and all the things that I know has become the shadows of my world. I believe the words I read or hear in the news, and so I believe that the world is a dangerous place. But the danger is mostly just a shadow. It doesn't exist. The people around me are nice and caring people and I should never fear anything. I'm safe. I'm comfortable. And yet I live in the shadow-world where danger is everywhere. The Global Warming is scaring me. The fear of random violence in the streets make me careful. But I never see that violence. I never experience it. Yet I believe it exists. I believe in shadows.
Most of the things we have in our mind doesn't exist. The future doesn't exist, we are always living right now. The past doesn't exist, we only have this very moment. Everything but this moment is shadows. And most of what you think you perceive this moment, are shadows.
That's what it is to be un-enlightened. When you get Enlightened you will realize that everything is just a shadow. But what existence will be like when you realize that is impossible to tell. To find that out, you have to become Enlightened yourself.
The Wanderling knows that we are all living in a shadow-world, becuase he can see how we are trying to modify the shadows, how we are following the shadows and how we spent our life trying to create shadows.
Being unique by knowing you're unique
What makes the mind of the Wanderling truly different, is that his mind sees the world like that, so very different from the way most of us sees the world. But, what is truly NOT so unique about the Wanderlings mind is that each and every one of us has a unique mind. We just don't know that it is so, because we think we share the way we perceive the world.
You and you familiy all agree on what the color red is. But do you also realize that you have no idea how your family experiences the color red? In your mind, only you exist. There is no way to describe the quality of a toothache, no way to describe how your particular orgasm feels like or even to describe how it really is to be you. All we can do is compare and assume. I assume that a toothace feels much the same way for you as it does to me. And I compare this particular toothache to that general idea of what a toothache feels like. It's all shadows. I have no idea how it feels for you, but the way you hold you hand to your cheek tells me that you feel something around that area. That movement is the shadow I find my self believing. And that's the way I'm caught up in the world of shadows.
What's so special about the Wanderling is that he knows his mind is unique. Most of us believe that humans are much the same. After all, we look much the same, and we act much the same and we talk much the same. But that's missing the point entirely. What really is unique, really, really unique about you and me and everyone else, is our particular experience of existence. The rest is shadows.
As to the truth of this: is the Wanderling truly Enlightened? I have no idea. I have never met him, and even if I had, I don't know if I would see it. I can say, that I've never really met anyone more different than anyone else. To me, everyone seems different, everyone seems unique, and so far no I haven't seen anything very different in anyone. I've just met minds and they all seem to work much the same way.
But maybe I haven't see an Enlightened mind because I'm not Enlightened myself. I can say one thing about the Wanderling though: It seems to me that he writes quite a lot about himself and his own history and that seems to be at odds with the Truth as it is related in eastern religions.
How about you? Have you ever encountered someone truly extraordinary? Not an extraordinary singer, an extraordinary thinker or an extraordinary kind person, but a person who's just extraordinary in a way that is just impossible to describe? You have! Yourself!
DREW HEMPEL AND THE WANDERLING
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Fundamentally, our experience as experienced is not different from the Zen master's. Where
we differ is that we place a fog, a particular kind of conceptual overlay onto that experience
and then make an emotional investment in that overlay, taking it to be "real" in and of itself.
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The above article was forwarded to me anonymously in HTML format without source, title or author. In that the contents seemed favorable regarding what is endeavored through my meager Zen droppings --- that is, make available unhindered and without charge to the widest possible audience of those who may be so interested, all that the Dharma may provide, I have presented it among my various offerings.
As to the sub-title An Author Writes Anonymously Of An Even More Anonymous Zen Master, by going to the Google search engine and typing in "DMOZ Masters and Teachers" along with the word wanderling then scrolling down the page, the following comes up under the Open Directory Project category:
Anonymous self-proclaimed Zen Master. Founder of Awakening 101.
Hence, for our page here, under the title "WINDSWEPT, ZEN-SWEPT, MIND DUNES, " I write: An Author Writes Anonymously Of An Even More Anonymous Zen Master.
THE WANDERLING RESPONDS:
Toward the end of the above article Anonymous writes:
"I can say one thing about the Wanderling though: It seems to me that he writes quite a lot about himself and his own history and that seems to be at odds with the Truth as it is related in eastern religions."
For the most part, on the surface, I can understand where Anonymous might extrapolate such a view. After all, is not the following listed as the first of the Four Defeats of the Bodhisattva Dharma:
"The first specific condition which leads to the defeat of the Bodhicitta is the tendency to praise oneself and to slander others. If the Bodhisattva loses his Maha-karuna, he is no longer willing to profit others at his own expense. Being solely concerned with his own name and fame, he loses respect in the eyes of family, friends and society."(source)
At onetime all of my pages, if they did not belong to specifically, they fed into or were peripheral to, in some manner or fashion, my onetime online free self-paced college level Dharma course, AWAKENING 101. The course opened with a few introductory pages followed then by ten folders in numerical order --- the contents of which were put into place to focus and expand one's thoughts on nothing but the Dharma in an effort to ensure one's "mind was ripe," thus then increasing the potential possibility of a "breakthrough." Although AWAKENING 101 has set idle for months and months --- possibly even years --- and a good number of the links are no longer valid or updated, I still have most of it stored away. Below, minus a few opening paragraphs, is what appeared in Folder One, and of which approaches the concerns of Anonymous:
First Step Along The Path
"If the speaker brings no personal, egotistic delusions into this expression, the occasion speaks for itself, the total situation alone determines what is said or done. Thus, in the case of the Zen master, what-is-said is simply what-is. In the case of the deluded person, however, the "what-is" includes his excess conceptual baggage with its affective components, the deluded ideas about the nature of "self," "thing," "time," and so on that constitute the person's own particular distortion of what actually is."
Right about now however, and most likely so when you start getting into and reading the links below, you will be thinking to yourself "What is this all about?" because up to this point --- and especially after you start reading what is presented in ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT: The Path Unfolds --- that everything has to do with ME, ME, ME, that is, the Wanderling, and nothing to do with YOU and/or YOUR Enlightenment.
It has EVERYTHING to do with YOU, YOUR Enlightenment and YOUR spiritual quest along the path. The thing is, this medium, the electronic cyber world, does not allow for an intimate face-to-face encounter like otherwise might transpire at a Sanga or Zen center. Enlightenment is a serious thing. Your future and your quest as you seek insights into Enlightenment ARE serious. Anybody or anyone can come along and tell you anything and you don't have that personal face-to face connection to make the same decision you might make in "real life." That is WHY I am laying so much ground work...so you come to KNOW who I am and inturn feel comfortable in considering what is offered as valid. You will find I fade into the background as you progress forward. The first two sections are tough because initially I am presenting who I am THEN I present offerings that tear apart Zen...but with that you should start out fairly well stripped of preconceived notions and be ready to seriously continue along the path toward Full Awakening. You may recall from the opening pages the following quote, associated with and attributed to me:
"Being neither teacher nor guru, and since from the first not a thing is, the most one can do is to offer a glimpse or help point the way. In the end it resides in you"
From the quote you can see instead of a teacher or guru per se', for your endeavors here, I am really much closer to the role that St. John the Baptist played in the Bible. As St. John the Baptist was a precursor to the Messiah --- and an important one too, setting the groundscape, environment, and path, my role here is as a precursor as well --- to ease the Dharma Gate for those who may be so interested. The quote takes on a much more indepth and stronger meaning when the following quote is considered:
"The desire for recognition and to be a guru dies along with the impure ego and Ramana Maharshi states that the jnani affects the world even if he/she goes nowhere and does not attract many followers because the Divine is now in charge, not the ego."
That quote comes from the larger context below which inturn is found in the works of NonDualityOrg:
"(There exists) lots of anecdotal evidence from those now considered jnanis that Ramana Maharshi did not publically recognize those who may have Realized with his aid, not that it didn’t happen (i.e, he just did not publically recognize them). In the West, we imagine that when we become realized, we will be the guide to many others. But the desire for recognition and to be a guru dies along with the impure ego and Ramana Maharshi states that the jnani affects the world even if he/she goes nowhere and does not attract many followers because the Divine is now in charge, not the ego. That makes sense to me. Now, a list of those considered today to have been jnanis associated with Ramana Maharshi includes Annamalai Swami, Poonja Swami (Papaji), Sri Muruganar (who stayed with Ramana after his awakening), Sadhu Om, Ramana’s Mother (at her death), Lakshmana Swami, Mastan (a muslim devotee), Swami Ramdas, and Sri Matha (who founded her own ashram with Ramana Maharshi’s blessings after realization in 1938 around age 32). That does not even include westerners like a teenage Robert Adams who went on to teach small groups, or another interesting AMERICAN candidate who met Ramana Maharshi as a child personally according to: http://the-wanderling.com/rajamani.html. Given Ramana Maharshi’s approach to this, and the nature of jnana itself, there is every reason to think there were more we do not know of. None of these adopted the neo-advaita approach. Ramana Maharshi’s “production” is therefore quite respectable by any historic measure, and evidence suggests he was effective with westerners as well."
Contents of the above cited click through URL (in blue) is elaborated on more thoroughly in SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: The Last American Darshan.
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