Photo: ‘Opening Field Alive with Light’ by Adrian Campfield – Pixabay


Ken’s poem and the quote by Rinpoche evoke in me that almost granular feel at the edge of the future… at the beginning of perception…

“Awareness generally means to be “aware of some thing” — to look at objects, to recognize, identify, and try to understand them. This is commonsense awareness. But as a living experience, natural awareness is simple and direct, open and responsive, without concepts, words, images and interpretations. Awareness takes place within the first moment, not before, and not after. It is immediate, spontaneous. There is no other “thing” to obscure the moment—there is no subject or object, no time or space. All that remains is within this openness, which neither words nor concept can describe.

There is complete freedom from our restless attempts to hold on to something, to be secure in some distraction or some trance-like fixation. There is no fear and no guilt—no desire to escape or be any other way. There becomes complete self-acceptance and generates a fresh new outlook all its own.”
…..’Tibetan Meditation’
by Tarthang Tulku

by Ken McKeon

I am becoming
As pale
As a fading memory,
My thoughts are moth like,
Softy winged,
Gliding things,
Dusk grey,
Wonderfully out of touch with daylight life,

At times my sense is
I myself am such a form,
How was I conceived, and why?
I’d like to know,
I gave into
Paying close attention years ago,
Thoughts arise, they fall away,
So do we all,
Mystery presides,

Easing down into granularity
Seems to be the right thing to do,
Every outer surface that I’ve ever known
Falls away into the spinning tunes
Of inward time,
The opening fields are alive with light,
Cellular whispering
Communicates a whole,
A knowing spaciousness presides,
Well, do drop in,
You might have the key,
Turn it on…

About David Filippone

David Filippone has been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space, Knowledge (TSK) vision for over twenty-five years. For the past fourteen years, he has studied TSK and Full Presence Mindfulness with Jack Petranker, director of the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI). He also participated in programs offered by Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Center. David curated the CCI Facebook page for five years, which is often TSK-focused, and he currently serves on the CCI Board of Directors. The CCI Facebook page can be found at the following link...
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