Catharsis, Metamorphosis, and Stasis. The Way of the Boddhisattva
I read Chogyam Trungpa's work when I started meditation. My copy of his book, "The Myth of Freedom" is falling apart at the seams. I have used it again and again.
In the beginning, it was too esoteric for me. It appealed to my intellect. As the years went on and I continued the discipline he so much adhered to, I began to see truth in what he had written, experientially. It was awe inspiring and frightening at the same time.
He had talked about the Prajnaparamita close to the end of the book.
In the Heart Sutra it says: "Therefore the mantra of transcendent knowledge, the mantra of deep insight, the unsurpassed mantra, the incomparable mantra, the mantra which calms all suffering should be known as truth, for there is no deception. In transcendent knowledge the mantra is proclaimed: OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA"
In English the rendering of the mantra is GONE, GONE, GONE BEYOND, COMPLETELY GONE BEYOND,ENLIGHTENMENT, HAIL
In each and everyone's life there is a series of catharsis. A spiritual cleansing, if you will. We do this at will when we sit and meditate, whether we like it or not. Discipline.
The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines catharsis as
Definition of CATHARSIS
2a : purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art
b : a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension
3: elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression
Meditation is like washing clothes, or extracting something in the laboratory. You take off layer after layer of dust from the mind,or from the clothes, and in case of isolating something in the lab, you take more and more of the material stripping it off of the source. The greater number of times you do it, the cleaner the clothes, and the more your product. It is empirically so. It is an active process and the truths you encounter are solely your own.
Metamorphosis is never ending. It is a continuous process. Until death and the ensuing return. I do not want to use rebirth for personal reasons. A consequence of catharsis is the continuous removal of occlusions. Our blind spots. We arrive a truths one truth at a time.
The definitions of metamorphosis:
1a : change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means
b : a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances
2: a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching
Finally, stasis. Where everything is held as an unlimited potential. It is what is in between thoughts.
Definitions of STASIS
1: a slowing or stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid: as
a : slowing of the current of circulating blood
b : reduced motility of the intestines with retention of feces
2a : a state of static balance or equilibrium : stagnation
b : a state or period of stability during which little or no evolutionary change in a lineage occurs
The cocoon is symbolic in the sense that it holds the potential for a butterfly. So is a seed.
For a boddhisattva, the stasis can be eons. He can, at will emerge,and engage in compassionate action, not necessarily as a butterfly. Being human is where he can help the most.
A true warrior does not have to engage in war all the time.
© 2010 by Melinda M. Sorensson
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