From the book: From Here to Nowhere: A Spiritual Journey into the Unknown by Mu
In Zen, the place beyond concepts and descriptions is called Bodhimandala. It is the state in which no concepts arise and you awaken to the intrinsic voidness of phenomena. In modern times, we might call that absolute stillness or presence.
Within presence there is no doing at all. It’s not that you don’t act in the world, but it is not premeditated action. Everything arises spontaneously based on what is needed in that very moment. As a fluid being, you simply notice what is needed when it’s needed. Perhaps some action is required, or something must be said, or a particular way of relating is called for, and you respond appropriately. This means that each moment can be met directly without the weight of the past dragging all of your knowledge, concepts, stories, and assumptions into the present moment. This approach takes all the stress out of life. In presence, you can trust that what is required will be known just when you need it. There is no more worrying or plotting or planning. You can relax. Finally, you can really release all of life’s tensions and abide within the flow of existence.
Presence also means that every moment is aligned to the dharma. Instead of being a slave to your personal ego or spiritual ego, you can surrender to this presence, to the Truth in every moment. It’s no longer about what you want, or the stories you’ve crafted, or your hopes and dreams. Yes, you can even let go of hope! Presence means that you are surrendered to Truth and the way that enlightenment wants to flow through your form without having an opinion about it. You do what dharma asks of you in every moment. You become dharma, which is a much happier and easier way to live.
Real presence is abiding as unmodified consciousness. It is ever-present and self-radiant. It requires nothing but contains everything.
Excerpted from From Here to Nowhere: A Spiritual Journey into the Unknown © 2019 Mu.
Mu is the author of four books about the direct path of awakening. From Here to Nowhere accelerates awakening and the deepening into full enlightenment, and is available on Amazon.com, CA, UK, FR and DE. Transcending the Advanced Path, a detailed exploration of the shift from realization to full enlightenment, is available on Amazon.com, UK, CA, FR and DE. Walking the Advanced Path, a clear guide for how to navigate the pathway to enlightenment with responsibility, awareness, and grace, is available at Amazon.com, UK, CA, FR and DE. Songs for the Advanced Path is a collection of lyrical verses about the journey to liberation, available at Amazon.com, CA, UK, FR and DE.