Technique Free

Instructions_to_Xu_F_Cover_for_KindleOne’s essential nature,
The innately luminous residing within all beings, is
Already present.
Any path moving toward It actually is
Movement away from It.
No conditioned action can take one to the Unconditioned.

Therefore, Xu Fengqin, all that is required for
Provoking the awareness of the true nature of reality is
The sustaining of an unobstructed view.
This is Wu Hsin’s technique-free path,
Passing beyond effort, beyond practice,
Beyond aims and goals.

The recognition of Immanence,
That which is immanent in all phenomena,
Removes the fixation of the attention to appearances.

In so doing,
One transcends one’s ordinary, taken-for-granted perspective and is
Thereby naturally and spontaneously present in
A state of immediate, unconditioned awareness,
Being undistracted by either
The outer world of sensations or
The inner world of mentation.

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5 Responses to Technique Free

  1. Wu Hsin stresses there are no techniques for awakening to our true nature. He says all that is needed is to receive his words and like seeds will sprout at the right time. I appreciate that teaching but wonder is there not something also needed from myself?

    As I read his books I seem to come across practical teachings as if there are things we are supposed to do as opposed to just hearing his words. Here are some examples:

    The observation of the mind is
    The beginning of
    The end of the mind.
    Until one becomes self-reflective,
    False appearances always hold the upper hand.
    from “No Great Future Attainment” Wu Hsin

    Wu Hsin’s advice is simple: 
    Step out of the field of thought and keep watching. 
    Who other than you is observing? 
    You are the Witnessing. Wu Hsin

    Wu Hsin seems to be asking us to practise awareness, to be the non-judgemental observer as found in most spiritual teachings.

    As such, the practice of this moment is
    The practice of every moment, and that is
    The seeing through of whatever it is that
    Arises as “not me, not mine”. Wu Hsin

    Your true nature is uncovered when you remove all the falsity you’ve heaped upon it. Wu Hsin

    He seems to be calling for vigilance, putting in some effort.

    The paradox of awakening is that it is both gradual and sudden. It is like termites gnawing away at a tree. Eating, gnawing, eating; suddenly the tree falls. Wu Hsin

    This quote seems to strongly suggest a process of continuous effort along the lines of the above quotes.

    Your blog entry is entitled “Technique Free” but the above quotes seem to suggest there are useful practises requiring time and effort. Can you add some clarification?

  2. sanatana says:

    Ripening is a technique free process. The fruit is readied in its own time.

  3. Thanks for the reply. It seems then that Nisargadatta Maharaj’s advice to stay with the “I Am”, Ramana Maharshi’s practise of self enquiry, A Course in Miracles’s teaching of forgiveness and J Krishnamurti advice to practise awareness form no part of Wu Hsin’s teaching. I am o.k. with that but just needed some clarity for to me he does seem to offer practical methods.

  4. sanatana says:

    On many occasions, both Ramana and Nisargadatta were quite clear that there was nothing to do. At other times, it might be taken that they suggested a practice. Wu Hsin is no different.
    Any rigidity in interpretation is not called for here.

  5. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

    You state:
    “Ramana and Nisargadatta were quite clear that there was nothing to do.”

    I agree but they also saw students at different levels and these statements appear to be for advanced students.

    You continue with:
    “it might be taken that they suggested a practice.”

    But when I look at these two statements below I don’t see how your phrase “it might be taken” can apply. These quotes assert the need for practise by some.

    .“Grace is always there but what is needed is practice” . . . “The solution is practice” . . .. . “As soon as people come they want to be enlightened . . . They ignore the effort involved.”
    Ramana Maharshi

    “Just keep in mind the feeling “I Am”; merge in it, until your mind and feelings become one. By repeated attempts, you will stumble on the right balance of attention and affection and your mind will be firmly established in the thought-feeling “I Am”.
Nisargadatta Maharaj

    For myself I think Adya summed it up nicely with this statement.
    “The deeper you go the less and less effort there is to be made. Until finally effort can be let go altogether.”

    Anyway, thanks for Wu Hsin’s books, they bless me.

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