Choiceless awareness as inquiry and devotion

 

Choiceless awareness (aka shikantaza) is mainly a resting as what we already are.

We mimic what we are, as well as we can, until we notice that we already are just that. That which all happens within and as. The Ground of all, and all as the play of this Ground.

Choiceless awareness is also wordless inquiry. What happens when there is a shift into choiceless awareness? What happens to the sense of a center? The sense of a doer and observer? Is the center, doer or observer content of experience, as any other content of experience? Is it what I really am? What happens when I identify as a center, a doer, an observer? What happens when identification is released out of it? How is it to function from here? How is it to bring this into daily life?

Choiceless awareness is devotion. It is a devotion to truth, to kindness, to what we are and everything is, to Ground, to God. Devotion to living from this in daily life.

Choiceless awareness also includes stable attention. An attention stable enough to not (so easily) get absorbed into images and stories, and to catch itself when it does.

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Initial outline…..

  • choiceless awareness as inquiry and devotion
    • inquiry
      • what happens when shift into choiceless awareness?
      • what happens to the sense of center, doer, observer? can I notice those as content of experience, imaginary objects in space?
    • devotion
      • devotion to truth, God, what we are
    • stable attention
      • not absorbed into stories (notice when happens)
    • living from it
      • bring into daily life, see what happens

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