Excerpt About Mountain Metaphor

The Second State: Dissolution Reveals the State of “No Mountain”

The second mountain is very different from the first mountain, however, because we have traveled the whole path. It is the same mountain, yet we experience it, and the whole of realty, in a totally new way. Zen practitioners do things such as koan practice and zazen, sitting meditation. Although we engage in meditations of various kinds, our main practice in the Diamond Approach is inquiry into ordinary experience. ................ Exploring the divisions within our experience and understanding how they become separated into opposing sectors can be a rich inquiry. Understanding the opposition, the conflict, and the polarity will resolve to an underlying truth, which is the second mountain. But in the process, dissolution occurs. There is loss, there is annihilation of whatever it is we are exploring—and that is true about anything we explore in our personal experience. This is the state of no mountain. If we fully explore any of our experiences, any of the objects of our experience, any of the content of our experience, in order to understand it as completely as possible, at some point the process will reveal things that we don’t see at the beginning. The process begins to reveal the invisible world, the world that we don’t see with our senses, with our ordinary eyes. This will feel like a loss, but through the loss a discovery is uncovered.

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