This is my take on what is true Nature.
In Zen Buddhism true nature or true self, is referred to as the experience, of which is true nature, this we can all find within ourselves. This truth is found before the thinking mind, It’s NOT part of the ego mind or small self, it’s much more than these. It’s where there are no judgments, no filters, no good or bad, no birth no death, no female no male, where everything and everyone is ‘ONE’ This is our true nature, some people call it God or source, Tao, spirit, NO mind, beginner’s mind etc, but the truth is it has no name!
The first words of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu says;
“The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness. Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.”
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
This true nature, is not just a Buddhist thing or Taoist/Daoist experience, ALL religions talk about it, but in my research and findings most think of it as being external, like God or Heaven being in the sky, or we have to go to church or Temples to get it.
In my “opinion” how wrong could this be!
Jesus even talked about it, he said “the Kingdom of God, is within”
Now, this sentence is spoke by Jesus himself, he didn’t say ‘it could be’ he says “is within” but yet most people skip right passed this message, and still think of God as being a external to get it, it starts within.
Also in the Gospel of St Thomas, (Also known as the Coptic Gospel of Thomas-Gnostic) More about this scripts history and secret teachings links are below. http://gnosis.org/naghamm/gosthom.html https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/gospel-of-st-thomas.htm
Which a lot of people believe was Jesus secret teachings about the Kingdom of God/Heaven. ;- 1. And he said, “Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.”
Zen teacher us to be aware of conceptual thinking and do not attach to it when it arises, But return to the source of awareness, to let go of things, rather than be attached or grasping to things and possessions in life, everything is changing constantly, our bodies are even dying and being reborn all of the time as cells die and regrow etc……. This isn’t religious talk, this is science. Zen teachers us to live in this moment, that’s all we have, there is no past or future only what our minds project and everything is created by the mind alone.
So by living in the present moment, “when you wash dishes, just wash dishes” “when you are driving the car, just drive the car” It’s found within, but all around us in everything we do in life
So by returning to the true self or before thinking mind, our awareness of it becomes bigger and bigger with practice, thus we can live a life moment to moment, with no filters eg…… ‘You see someone new, instantly he/she reminds you of and old school teacher that used to make you look stupid and small, so you see this new person with that filter, which you mind has created and you instantly don’t like this person, when In truth you don’t know him/her at all, Zen teachers us to take down these filters, then we can view and hear with fresh eyes and say “Hi, how are you?”
Jesus even talked about this,
He’s say again in the gospel of St Thomas;
3. Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father’s) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.
And again in Mark 8:18
English Standard Version
“Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? “
And again in Matthew 13:13
” This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”
These great masters talked of peace and softness, to be humble,to be at one with the source. The Tao Te Ching talks of being like water, staying low like the ocean and how the rivers lead to it. and how water is a soft substance but can penetrate rocks over time, love and softness are talked of by the masters as the way to live.
ALL the Great Masters radically pointed to this God Source within that we already are, we just haven’t woken up to it.that. We are all connected everything and everyone. I feel, that the Masters over time have given us the tools to access this Source, we just have got to sit and down and quiet the mind to Experience It.
Thanks for reading.