No Path – No Way Out
I read Cassidy’s post, “Masks for the Retinue,” and the first 3/4 of it made sense to me. Knowing of Cassidy’s abysmal character, it was surprising to read his acknowledgement that he is in the twilight of his life, reflecting on what a wreck and waste his life had been. Finally regretful of the energy he’d spent in lies and chasing after pleasures instead of soaking in the nourishment and blessing of the Dharma and the pure masters he had the good fortune to encounter. He confesses that he didn’t take advantage of his brief encounter with that purity. This is a difficult but poignant realization that we all need to make constantly on the path. This part makes sense to me.
But then he goes all pathless path and I lose him. And he sadly loses the point too. No doubt he’d correct me by saying that’s the point. I think that kind of dialectic is an equal waste of time. Too bad. He had a glimpse of the truth about the preciousness of his human rebirth but no resolve to use what little time he has left to make any effort to progress along his spiritual path. Instead, he floats off distracted by abstraction again. The pathless path is only revealed after one sincerely plods along the path, using an exacting method with discipline, and ultimate accomplishment. From Dakini Teachings: Padmasambhava’s Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyal, Master Padmasambhava said, “Whether you meditate on emptiness or anything else, it is mistaken meditation practice unless it becomes an effective remedy against disturbing emotions and ordinariness. Something that does not counteract the disturbing emotions and ordinariness is cause for falling into samsaric existence.”
There is no accomplishment without hard work. There is no “magic.” The path requires the constant acknowledgement and rooting out of one’s poisons, along with the development of sincere compassion, and complete reliance on one’s Guru. According to Master Padmasambhava, “No matter how much you may be acclaimed as learned in study, exposition, and meditation, if your intention is only the eight worldly concerns, your activity is called black Dharma practice.”
Will Mr. Cassidy finally rely on His Guru, and sincerely do the work it takes to attain liberation? Only he can answer that. Until then, he is pathless.