Makyo: A Note on Spiritual Hallucinations


On the Zen way when we encounter disruptions of the natural, when the strange, weird, miraculous happen, we’re warned.

Don’t worry, it will pass.

Don’t cling. Don’t make it into a religion.

You meet the Buddha on the road…

I would expand on this just a bit…

On the great way, of course, we’re going to find reality distorted. What we think is normal, isn’t. Or, rather, is a very small part of a very big picture.

We sit and things happen. Mountains dance. Trees sing.

The strange become familiar.

God dictates wonders and terrors.

Angels dance.

Holy writ is found scrawled on leaves.

of course.

Of course.

And. So. Don’t despise your mind. Your heart.

Encounter it full.

Just don’t cling to one moment and reject another

Don’t preference the disruption

over the ordinary.

Do this and you’re handed the keys

And can open the door

And find

and open the book of life and death

And read the language of God…

"Buddhism to me is about individuality. What is right and true for one, isnt right ..."

Behold the Spirit: A Meditation on ..."
"Me too, Stephen. The prelude and postlude to the 3rd ox 🐂 seems to be ..."

Small Intimations: A Reflection on Kensho, ..."
"The way I understand it, most Buddhist schools ascribe to three basics -- Sila (conduct), ..."

Small Intimations: A Reflection on Kensho, ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment