Gaylon Ferguson

‘My first Buddhist meditation teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, spoke of non-effort as a worthy partner to effort: “Effort, non-effort and effort, non-effort—it’s beautiful.”

Yes, it is important to apply ourselves, to engage fully in mindful living. But it is equally important to release all trying and confidently trust our innate mindfulness to shine through. All the Buddhist traditions of natural wakefulness, original goodness, or buddhanature are based on this sense of inborn wisdom not produced by meditating or walking the path. This is the practice of basic sanity through what is called “just sitting” or “non-meditation” or “primordial great perfection.” As the pioneering Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi phrased it: “The point we emphasize is strong confidence in our original nature.”

In this view, mindfulness is not a special attainment or an extraordinary event in our life journey. Mindfulness is an innate capacity, present in all sentient beings. Walking the path, we are gently cultivating our own nature, allowing seeds of potential to blossom. From this perspective, awakening is as natural as the dawning of the sun. We are invited to begin each session by feeling this naturally awake quality—and to return to this original openness again and again during practice and everyday life.’ (from Lion’s Roar)

We looked at this article in my student group this week, and this passage drew the most attention.

One thought on “Gaylon Ferguson

  1. I have faith that who I am is wise and beautiful and so I study the path and then throw all the bits and pieced of my life in the air and let them fall where they may. Not so surprisingly they always fall in order. This is reassuring because there is also this message floating around out there that we should cling tightly to our bits and pieces and I agree. There is a time for that. There is also a time for wild abandon and if done properly it can be a really joyful experience.


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