This is Mind and this is Buddha
A Whiteheadian's Glimpse of Non-Dual Interdependence
Paul O. Ingram
Pacific Lutheran University (Emeritus)
This is, because that is.
Today's world requires us to accept the oneness of humanity. In the past, isolated communities could afford to think of one another as fundamentally separate. Some could even exist in total isolation. But nowadays, whatever happens in one region eventually affects many other areas. Within the context of our new interdependence, self-interest clearly lies in considering the interest of others.
The rains pour down from heaven. All varieties of bubbles blossom in the water. They arise and then they cease; never leaving water. Seeking inward, seeking outward; one’s actions are determined. The mind’s fluctuation is inconceivable. you must not doubt that this is mind and Buddha. Myriad phenomena arise from the mind; they are originally one body.
A few years ago I caught a glimpse of the non-dual interdependence of all things and events caught in the field of space-time while hiking alone on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. I followed a game trail through opaque, self-concealing forest that broke onto a boulder-and driftwood-covered beach. It was an old trail, mostly taken over by deer on their way to a nearby creek that emptied onto the beach. Old-growth western hemlock, Douglas fir, and red cedar loomed overhead from a floor matted with feathery moss, as if pulled up by invisible wires into the coast fog. In this rain forest, it’s always dark and wet, even in summer.