is the opinion of many scientists (including me) that about 15 billion
years ago a tremendous explosion started the expansion of the universe.
This explosion is known as the Big Bang. At the point of this event
all of the matter and energy of space was contained at one point.
What existed prior to this event is completely unknown and is a
matter of pure speculation. This occurrence was not a conventional
explosion but rather an event filling all of space with all of the
particles of the embryonic universe rushing away from each other.
The Big Bang actually consisted of an explosion of space within
itself unlike an explosion of a bomb were fragments are thrown outward.
The galaxies were not all clumped together, but rather the Big Bang
laid the foundations for the universe.
Where’s the beginning in the big bang? You can’t know
what’s there before the big bang, right? You can go down pretty
damn close i mean they’re going down in nanoseconds and seeing
what happens in there. And they’re going forward and stuff
like that. But in the very beginning, that’s what’s
called a singularity. You can’t know.
Now you may notice that in the Peacemakers, our first tenet is Not
Knowing. It’s a state of not knowing, so what we say is if
you’re going do something first approach it from that state
of not knowing, that is get back to that initial singular point
– to that point before the big bang. So if i can get back
to that point of Not Knowing right now, and be there, then something
happens and that’s the big bang. Now it starts unfolding.
And it can unfold in a very creative way because it’s starting
from this point of not knowing, this singular point. It’s
starting from the beginning. Whatever you believe in it was created
out of that big bang. Before that there was nothing.
Our job in Zen is to experience that beginning, that place before
there’s anything. That’s what’s meant by the koan
“what’s the sound of one hand” It’s before
any phenomena, what’s that state? It’s not so easy to
experience. But it can be done, and it has been done, and it’s
being done. So we want to get to the beginning. I’ll jump
to the end of this discussion, but it’s also the beginning.
There’s an end point as well as that beginning point. The
beginning point is singular, the end point is singular, and that
end point in the Christian and Jewish world is called God. In Islam,
it is Allah. In the Buddhist world it’s called Maitreya. These
are different terms for similar ideas. So there’s this beginning
point and end point, and in between is an evolution from the beginning
point to the end point. Things are evolving. But the interesting
thing about it is that this end point is creating the evolution
from the beginning point. So that end point is also right here,
now, in the beginning. And it’s all evolving between these
A little metaphysical, but what’s fascinating about it to
me is that if you go to the big bang and there’s just not
knowing, or if you go to our state right now and say we can get
to this place of not knowing, there’s this anything can happen.
As soon as something bangs, as soon as something coalesces, as soon
as two relations meet and there’s an event… As soon
as anything happens, each starts evolving. And the forms, and by
forms i mean not just physical forms but spiritual forms and mental
forms and conscious forms and unconscious forms… All the forms
If you look at one billionth of a nanosecond after that big bang,
there weren’t any of us around. There were different kinds
of particles – they kept evolving, and they evolved to where
we are. That means everything we’re made of including our
consciousness and our spiritual being dates back to that initial
point. And going forward everything that we are keeps evolving to
the singular point that we call God or Allah or I call Not Knowing
– just the state of not knowing. So that for me the beginning
point and the end point are the same and they’re drawing our