Friday, January 24, 2014

Subtle Entity

"There are two stages in understanding egolessness. In the first stage we perceive that the ego does not exist as a solid entity, that it is impermanent, constantly changing, that it was our concepts that made it seem solid. So we conclude that ego does not exist. But we still have formulated a subtle concept of egolessness. There is still a watcher of the egolessness, a watcher to identify with it and maintain his existence.

The second stage is seeing through this subtle concept and dropping the watcher.

So true egolessness is the absence of the concept of egolessness. In the first stage there is a sense of someone perceiving egolessness. In the second, even the perceiver does not exist."

"Egolessness" from "The Myth of Freedom," by Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This work: "Subtle Entity", mixed media on rice paper, mounted on canvas and on board. 37 by 15.5 inches. (click to see enlarged image)

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