The Alpha Seer understanding true art

June 29, 2014

ANOTHER DISCUSSION WITH BILL

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 4:35 pm

The perception of emptiness was first declared by the Buddha, and then it was followed up by a monk called Tsongkhapa in Tibet. They had both gone into samadai (a meditation that can last for many days and nights,–the samadai of Bodhdiharma,  for example, was said to have gone on for 9 years,… .) and all of those guys had emerged with enlightenment,–a kind of otherworldly wisdom called  Prajna  ( google Heart Sutra for the meaning of Prajna), and out of their newly found clarity, they had perceived this world of phenomenon as basically empty by nature.

However, the use of the word ’empty’, or its noun ’emptiness’ is problematic. It is no more than a false name, a counterfeit, an ill-used representation, or a term that has missed the mark in conveying proper connotations for which it is assigned. When viewed with Prajna, this existence of ours is anything but empty. There is in truth no such thing as emptiness anywhere. Had emptiness been in force, there wouldn’t even be a being called Bill! But ’emptiness’ is used nevertheless, in order to aid understanding in folks who are used to their worldly intelligence, such as cognition, reasoning, the use of logic and calculations. Then the next step is to ask the question: where is that baby Bill today,– and in a 100 years, where will that person possibly be? –will he still be around,– only assuming another form, maybe?– or will he exist in another world altogether? And who on earth is Bill anyway? –is he in fact non-existent, or a formless being of no death,– other than the perceived births and deaths of  his many forms undergoing these perpetual changes? ( can we now say then, that the baby called Bill is no more,– the teen called Bill is no more, neither is the youth once called by the same namesake…) And what about the name Bill itself, or that nationality by which it is used to identify ‘Bill’ with?– now baby Bill might have been baptized as Bill, and on his birth certificate he was registered as an American national,– but as soon as the baby had left that church with his parents, he was never the same again.  All of these observations are actually based on the fact that if one uses a type of exposure video camera to capture the ultra- slow movements of growth, one should be able to discern the baby body’s rapid transformations, not unlike that of the unfolding of a blossoming flower captured on video! Life is such a flux,–and existence itself, still an unresolved mystery through science.However, growth, by  definition is in itself consisting a series of births and deaths, called metabolism in biology, or  when being shown on the aforesaid video, some kind of metamorphosis on a cellular scale.) Another point: the geography of baby Bill’s birth was no more than a borrowing, out of convenience, of a certain national identity, isn’t it? Baby Bill might have been born in Japan by a different karma (i.e., the chanced union of actions and circumstances, according to Buddhism,) and would probably have been called Hitachi instead, and if that had been the case, people would have identified him as a Japanese, not an American? So given such circumstances, how much of our Bill is a reality, and how much fiction?

If Bill hasn’t really existed, then y-e-s, you’ve got it!– we are really looking into emptiness, and alas, we have been trying to locate Bill in vain, because there is not a single person who can be called Bill.  We cannot define or point to Bill at all, since by definition, Bill must be a singular, unique individual with a concrete identity, he would have to go through a specific set of circumstances of existence, such as receiving the genetic codes from a specific couple of man and woman that he, by happenstance, called mom and dad, and so forth. Now we are encountering a difficulty, as multiple people with the same namesake confront us. And there are more than one persons who is called Bill here. How mistaken can we possibly be?

But of course the cause for existence, molded by karmic forces, or the convergence of circumstances and actions behind Bill does exist, otherwise there would not be that person under that namesake at all. For that reason, emptiness can also be called the master of Bill’s existence. In Buddha’s view, it is the Buddha nature of Bill.

Don’t dispute anything at this point, because life itself is such a miracle,– so anything is possible! Where are we from? Why have we assumed this existence? Who am I?

Oh, life is such a flux, and existence itself is mysterious enough! But that would come under a discussion for another day!

Now as one conducts a somewhat similar query on Knox, or my friend San, or Ben, or an African elephant, a lion, a chipmunk, a fish, a housefly,– and what have you,… then according to both the Buddha and the monk Tsongkhapa, we have all made wrong assumptions to begin with, and we have all been grasping emptiness as real from the very first moment of life, i.e. we have regarded the world through a mistaken viewpoint, and everything else in the world as real and have their own nature. And as a result of this error, or our attempts at solving the mysteries in respect to the universal phenomena have come out all wrong,  Even the atom is now found to be empty, so they say, and some are insisting that they have discovered other components as well within an atom,–which means that an atom is no longer  an indivisible entity. From that primordial error, we have perceived phenomena through the wrong lenses,–and that is why all our quests for truth (scientific, philosophical, artistic, religious, etc. etc.)  would end up in a quarry of conundrums. By the same impulse our reactions or interactions with the world, and with each other, bear so much on our behaviors, customs, beliefs, perceptions, points of view, in molding our judgments on things like morality, life and death, the notion of heaven, the First Cause, Christ, Santa Claus, Marxism, Capitalism, the killing of innocents, exploitation of the powerful, holy wars, religions, ethics, psychology, philosophy, art, science, etc.,etc. And because our perceptions have been thoroughly misguided we are like blindfolded people living in confusion.

Buddhism is really not a religion. It may surprise many people who have believed otherwise. It actually began as a holistic quest for truth by Gautama some 2500 years ago.Then people through the Ages kept misrepresenting and misinterpreting it, until it has become what it is today,–a shabby, completely useless piece of philosophy!

June 18, 2014

THE GREAT MASTER HAS SPOKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 7:56 pm

AGAIN AND AGAIN, THE GREAT MASTER HAS GIVEN GREAT WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND APPRECIATION TO THE ALPHA SEER. THE ALPHA SEER HIMSELF HAS EARNED IT: 40 YEARS OF HARD WORK AND 2 VERY BEAUTIFUL YEARS OF APPRENTICESHIP UNDER THE GREAT KNOX MARTIN. IN 1977, THE GREAT MASTER SAID TO ME, BEN, YOU MAY RETURN TO HONG KONG NOW, BECAUSE I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO OFFER. THE ALPHA SEER WAS ON HIS OWN FROM THAT POINT ON.

Knox

11:12 AM (1 hour ago)

to me

SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE GREAT KNOX MARTIN HAS SPOKEN:

On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM, Knox <knox@nyc.rr.com> wrote:

terrific!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox to me

Sep 19 (8 days ago)

to me

LUVIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox

Mar 9

to me

wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox

1: 20 PM (2 hours ago)

to me

PERFECT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox

Mar 10 (2 days ago)

to me

VERY strong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!knox

On  Dec 7, 2011, Knox <knox@nyc.rr.com> wrote:

terrific!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox knox@nyc.rr.com

to me

KNOX

THE GREAT MASTER HAS SPOKEN!!!!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 7:20 pm

TO RECEIVE A WORD OF APPRECIATION FROM THE GREAT KNOX MARTIN IS LIKE GETTING A BADGE OF HONOR, NAY, IT IS MORE LIKE GETTING AN OSCAR!!!!!!! KNOX IS KNOWN TO BE VERY HONEST AND EXACT WITH HIS PRAISE. HE WILL NOT POINT YOU TO THE WRONG DIRECTION. IF HE CLAIMS SOMETHING IS GOOD, IT HAS TO BE EXCELLENT. IT HAS TO BE A PIECE OF ALPHA ART. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT ABOVE ALL, THE ARTIST HAS TO BE AN ARTISTIC GENIUS HIMSELF!

Knox

10:12 AM

to me

SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE GREAT KNOX MARTIN HAS SPOKEN:

On May 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM, Knox <knox@nyc.rr.com> wrote:

terrific!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox to me

June 20 (8 days ago)

to me

LUVIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox knox@nyc.rr.com

9:16 AM (9 hours ago)

to me

GREAT ART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox knox@nyc.rr.com

11:32 AM (1 hour ago)

to me

VERY FRIENDLY COUPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE GREAT MASTER HAS SPOKEN

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 7:01 pm

Who is the great master? He is none other than the great Knox Martin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is one of the greatest artistic geniuses that has ever lived, and some one in a direct lineage from the great Titian! Only artistic geniuses can give a definition to painting, art, music or poetry. However, to be born an artistic genius these day is not unlike an emperor who constantly travels in the dark,–no one even notices his crown of gold and diamonds, or his beautiful robe that inspires so much magnificence and majesty!

The Age we are living in has fallen low when it comes to art and poetry. This global society of ours no longer has art. What all the talentless folks in the “art world” are doing these days is trying to sell snake oils to the buffoons with money. Ideas and gimmicks are being passed for art! That circus is worse than practices using counterfeit moneys, because what they are selling are not art!

As someone who has inherited the great tradition of Alpha Art, the Alpha Seer must take up this mantra and assume a role of clarification so the best of human traditions can be preserved despite the evil winds from all directions, which is a direct result of materialization, commercialism, consumerism, triviality, anti-art, and cynicism as well as the uneven emphasis in technologies in the global societies.

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Knox 11:12 AM (1 hour ago) to me  BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE GREAT KNOX MARTIN HAS SPOKEN: On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM, Knox <knox@nyc.rr.com> wrote: terrific!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knox to me Sep 19 (8 days ago) to me LUVIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knox Mar 9 to me wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knox 11:13 AM (1 hour ago) to me PERFECT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knox Feb 3 (2 days ago) to me realy strong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!knox

THE GREAT MASTER KNOX MARTIN HAS SPOKEN: Ben Lau <alphaseer@gmail.com> Dec 8 On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM, Knox <knox@nyc.rr.com> wrote: terrific!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE GREAT MASTER KNOX MARTIN HAS SPOKEN: Knox knox@nyc.rr.com 9:16 AM (9 hours ago) to me YUMMY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 7, 2014

PROFOUND WRITINGS OF LATER BUDDHAS

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 9:18 am

Later Buddhas? By that the Alpha Seer means those who had existed after the Buddha himself, e.g. the Bodhidharma, or the Sixth Patriarch etc. Yes, indeed. There are many of them in the history of mankind,–some are pretty famous, while other are completely anonymous.

You and I can become aware enough to be called Buddhas too, even though it takes a lot of work and incessant meditations throughout the lifetime. But the potentiality is there. That is not to be disputed. Remember what Buddha said? Buddha nature is in all sentient beings! That means we all have the potential to be buddha one day.
If we cannot, then what is the point of existing in the current human form?  It must be understood that Buddhas are not “Gods”. Buddha is more profound than gods. While “gods” are but the figment of a person’s imaginations, fictitious characters, like Santa Claus, Jehowah, Allah, the King of Heaven etc.,  Buddhas are REAL! Buddhas are those with the awareness that we are indeed the masters of our universe, in fact we are our own universe. Buddhas are extremely intelligent beings. Those who fall short in this life may come back and evolve again, but only as humans. The Alpha Seer does not perceive the possibility of a dog becoming A Buddha. A dog is an instinctive animal. It cannot become a meditator, or an awarer. Make sense?
THE PROFOUND WRITINGS OF LATER BUDDHAS:
(This essay was written by Master Sen Hui, who was probably the first disciple of the Sixth Patriarch. When the 6th Patriarch died, Sen Hui was still a kid, but he can understand the Dharma well enough that he was the only one that remained untouched with sorrow at the 6th’s passing. The essay was translated into English by the Alpha Seer.)
NO THINKING IS THE TRUE IMAGE OF EMPTINESS. PERCEPTION IS THE PRAJNA WISDOM WITHOUT BIRTH.
PRAJNA SHINES ON THE TRUTH TO ENLIGHTEN THE FOOLISH. TRUE EMPTINESS RESOLVE MATTERS IN THE WAY OF SUCHNESS.
THIS IS THE BASIC OF THE BODHIDHARMA ZEN.
TRUE SUCHNESS HAS NO THINKING. IT IS  NOT ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THINKING.THE TRUE IMAGE HAS NO BIRTH, SO HOW CAN A HEART WITH BIRTH
ACCESS IT? THOSE WHO CAN UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM OF NO THINKING CAN ATTAIN THE ENTIRETY OF THINKING. THOSE WHO CAN EXIST IN THE REALM
OF NO BIRTH CAN BE ENDOWED WITH THE TRUE IMAGE. THOSE WHO CAN DWELL IN THE REALM OF NO DWELLING WILL DWELL IN NIRVANA FOREVER. IF ONE CAN WALK WITHOUT EVEN MAKING A MOVE, THEN ONE MAY FLY ONTO THE OTHER SHORE. WHEN NO MOVEMENT IS MADE LIKE SUCHNESS, THEN MOVEMENT CAN NEVER BE EXHAUSTED. WITH EVERY THINKING NO DESIRE IS MADE, ALL THAT ONE CAN WISH FOR ARE FOREVER WITHOUT THINKING. BODHI IS WITHOUT GAIN, THE GAIN CAN BE THE ACQUISITION OF THE DHARMA BODY. PRAJNA WISDOM IS WITHOUT INTELLECTUALISM, BUT PRAJNA WISDOM KNOW ALL DHARMAS.
AT MEDITATION THERE IS WISDOM. AT WISDOM NO BIRTH IS POSSIBLE. BIRTHLESSNESS IS THE TRUE IMAGE OF EMPTINESS, NO MOVEMENT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE ENTIRE REALM OF DHARMA. HENCE THE SIX PASSAGES WILL BECOME PERFECT. WITH THAT THE QUALITY OF TAO HAS NOTHING IN WANT.MY DHARMA IS DUALLY EMPTY. THE “IS” CANCELS THE “IS NOT”. THERE IS NO EMBARKING NOR ATTAINING, NEITHER IS THERE COMING NOR GOING. WHEN THE BODY CAN UNDERSTAND THE THREE LUMINOSITY, THE HEART CAN GET THROUGH TO THE EIGHT ANALYSIS. WITH THE SUCCESS OF THE TEN POWERS IN HAND, THEN ONE IS ENRICHED WITH THE SEVEN TREASURES. The being then enters the Door of No Duality, and he/she is ready to understand the thesis of the One Vehicle. From then on, he/she is forever extinguished, applying all laws without formula. Even when thus applying, there should not be the thought of gaining merit in mind. Emptiness is forever at watch, and the ability in the use of which does not imply any kind of possession. When that is indeed the case, one may give that a name: true Emptiness. Even when empty, it does not imply any kind of depletion either. When that happens, Profound Possession can be set up. Once Profound Possession has been set up, there is true Prajna. True Emptiness is the same as peaceful Nirvana. Prajna can reach the most molecular and the most mystical enlightenment. The true Image can go into the realm of True Suchness. Prajna cannot shine forth, but it can mirror Nirvana. Nirvana cannot give birth, but it can produce Prajna. Even though Nirvana and Prajna are called by different names, yet they share the same body. The Dharma calls for a system of nomenclature conveniently suiting an entity’s meaning, because the Dharma does not have a fixed image itself. If Nirvana can produce Prajna in a being, then that being must be in possession of the Dharma Body. When Prajna can mirror Nirvana, that Prajna can be called the Intelligence and Perception of the Buddha. What is that intelligence? It is the ability to know Emptiness always. What is that perception of the Buddha? It is the ability to perceive No Birth. The intelligence is distinct from the perception. They are not different, but neither are they the same. When that happens, both movement and stillness become profound. At that stage, every action being undertaken is in the style of Suchness. When one can thus handle Stillness, the reach of his/her power is definitely far and wide. In all things he/she happens to lay his/her hand on, there is no obstruction. When the six senses are unblemished, it is due to meditation and wisdom. When Image and thinking are not born, it is because of the Peaceful and unblemished nature of Suchness. The heart will empty all when all consciousness is extinguished. With One-pointedness of the mind prevailing, one is beyond not just the ordinary, but also the magnificent. However, it must be understood that when there is nothing, it cannot really be nothing. By the same token, when there is something it cannot really be something either. Whether one is traveling, staying home, sitting down or taking a rest, the heart simply won’t sway back and forth. At all times, there is Emptiness, but it must be understood that there is hardly anything to gain in this.

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