PurityPosted: March 18, 2012
I wonder about purity. In Germany, in the 1930’s, Purity was everything. The country destroyed itself in its search for Purity.
My coffee cup when I reach for it must be pure. If it is not, I no longer want the coffee or must wash the cup. When I have finished, the cup is no longer pure until I have washed it. If my lover drinks from my cup I am delighted, but no one else may drink. If I drink from my lover’s cup, I am in bliss because they are my lover, but from no one else’s cup will I derive bliss.
Spiritually we all pursue purity. Who practises constantly to achieve impurity? So then who is pure and who is impure? A tradition is pure if it transmits exactly a pure teaching. What makes a teaching pure, and if it is transmitted wrongly has the tradition become impure? A teaching is pure if it is given by a pure teacher. What constitutes a pure teacher? Each aggregate is pure. Pure Mind, pure body, pure karma. If my mind is not pure what am I? If my body is pure how amazing am I? And how can I my karma be pure? Buddha then, pure in mind and body and actions. Would Buddha agree? His body became sick. Yet nobody would say Buddha was impure. We judge each other so hastily.
In the space of wisdom all things are pure. Every utterance, every breath. Find then that purity and none other.