The Cobra Throne
alias, The Wisdom Seat
Cognition (to wit, arousal or awakening) of the Basic Operating System (or algorithm) of life and death prior to relative application (i.e. to selective interpretation as fractal elaboration) is true, therefore whole and complete Wisdom. Since it presents prior to (relative) application, it is empty (of form, name, extension and so on, in other words, it is non-relative).
Because Whole Wisdom is empty (i.e. of the relative because limited), so the Wisdom (or Bodhi Seat1) is empty (Sanskrit: sunja).
Because the Wisdom Seat - that is to say, Wisdom - is (always) empty (indeed, blind) anyone can sit on, i.e. activate it, wholly or partially.
The fact is that everyone actually uses (i.e. passes through) whole Wisdom (i.e. returns to original ‘factory settings’ or the Basic Operating System (as initiating algorithm or fractal) of life/death) from moment to moment, but abides there for a moment only. Consequently the Whole Wisdom affect is momentary and minute, hence barely conscious. Meditation (or a trauma, for instance a near death experience that produces @1 mental concentration) can raise the affect of Wisdom into full everyday consciousness.
To actualise, i.e. give real form to the slice (i.e. as selection) of unlimited wisdom decided on whilst sitting on the Wisdom Seat, the sitter must quit the seat (i.e. sacrifice whole for partial, hence incomplete Wisdom) and return to his or her particular (hence relative) world. In other words, ‘To find a niche you must leave the Way.’
If for a moment the sitter forgets the personal self (as relative position) then he or she can merge with the essence of the Wisdom Seat (i.e. of the non-position (or non-discrimination) of non-relativized wisdom) and full wisdom/knowledge (Pali: samma-sambodhi) with or without content and realization and liberation (Sanskrit: moksha) may happen. Returning to the everyday world with the wisdom of full awakening and applying the chosen slice (or selection, acting as ignorance) of it there, (self-) realization may happen and be experienced and enjoyed as sublime bliss.
Since the actual content of observed wisdom is relative to the self that selects it, therefore a personal fiction, such wisdom is empty (Sanskrit: sunja) of wholeness, completeness and absolute certainty. However, the experiences of awakening (read: arousal = realization) and enlightenment (read: energy or capacity release, i.e. liberation), if achieved @100%, are wholly fulfilling (indeed, overflowing).
1 … In earliest Buddhism the empty seat symbolised the Tathagata, later called the Buddha. The seat was empty because the Tathagata, having ‘gone thus’ (i.e. quit ‘this’), ‘took no position’. Taking no (or the Zero) position, he refused to contend. In short, he either said ‘Yes’ or remained silent, thus abiding in sameness (Sanskrit: sama). By refusing to say NO – and which arouses or awakens, he ceased to sustain or contribute to the (the fire of the) life process, thus remaining (i.e. extinguished) in Nirvana. The word ‘NO’ (compare the Zen ‘MU’, the Vedanta ‘Neti’, the IT symbol 1), by blocking or stopping (the emptiness of) ‘Yes’, forces action, i.e. turbulence and heat, and so creates fullness and realness.