Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Realizing the true nature of Karma - 037

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Karma is not just individual karma, as if there was such a thing as an individual self separate from everything else.
Karma is collective on many levels, and cosmic.
Also, as each of us is a collective of living organs and cells, our karma is already collective.
There are billions of strings of karma inter-penetrating each other, co-evolving together.
That is our Reality. Everything is interdependent, empty and sentient.

Realizing the true nature of Karma

[Enlightenment is awareness of the true nature & dynamic of Karma / karmic cycle / Samsara / Reality]

The relation between Karma and Awareness of the Union of the Two Truths is this:

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€ --

1. subject / actor / perceiver / knower / acquirer,

2. relation / action / perception / cognition / acquisition,

3. object / result / perceived / known / acquired -- :

The three spheres are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, ๐—–๐—ข-๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony, equal / non-dual / one, in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither.

The three spheres are co-dependent / ๐—–๐—ข-๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š (1st truth -- not completely non-existent) <==> thus ๐—˜๐— ๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—ฌ of inherent existence (2nd truth -- not really existent), and vice versa. One aspect / truth implies the other (<==>).

It is this ๐—–๐—ข-๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก of the three ๐—˜๐— ๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—ฌ spheres ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ-๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฐ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ. For each sphere: one sphere conditions the others. They condition each other in cycle. Each sphere is conditioned & conditioning. This self-conditioning cycle is limitless and centerless. It is individual, collective and universal / cosmic.

So, dependent origination / karma (1st truth) and emptiness (2nd truth) are inseparable, in harmony, co-dependent, one implies the other (<==>). One alone is impossible. One is not more important than the other one. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† / ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜† / ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†.

It could also be expressed with the inseparable three qualities of ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ:

  1. essence / emptiness,

  2. nature / dependent origination, and

  3. compassionate energy / dynamism / the inseparability or Union of the essence / emptiness <==> and nature / conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances.

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™š ๐™ ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™–๐™จ: ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™ ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™–.

  • It is samsara when there is ignorance / ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ of this,

  • and it is nirvana when there is full ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ of this all the time.

That is the Middle Way free from all extremes & middle:

  • nothing to accept / affirm / seek / hope-for / adopt / do / perceive in absolute terms,

  • nothing to reject / negate / abandon / fear /  avoid / not-do / not-perceive in absolute terms,

  • just conventionally / relatively / intersubjectively, if it helps someone to get closer to the Truth. 

Free from extremes like: existence / naรฏve realism, non-existence / nihilism, both together / dualism, neither / monism, subject/mind-only / subjectivism, phenomena/object-only / materialism / objectivism / scientism, relation-only / relationism / relativism / processism / actionism / universal-laws-only ...

Conclusion: The problem is not appearances, not our conditioned impermanent (body, speech and mind) or (physical, conceptual, mental fabrications), not our self-conditioning cycle in general, not even samsara, but simply our IGNORANCE of their true nature & dynamic, our GRASPING / ATTACHMENT, being unconsiously SLAVE to them. The problem is ignoring the interdependence / CO-EVOLUTION <==> and emptiness of the three spheres; ignoring the Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres, ignoring the true nature & dynamic of KARMA.

Note: This wisdom / awareness is not a mere ordinary conceptual dualistic 'understanding / knowledge' of this (even if it is a useful requirement for 99.9999% of us), but a spontaneous non-conceptual non-dualistic direct realisation / experience of the inconceivable true nature of Reality as it is here & now. And to get there is the role of meditation, of the Union of samatha (calm abiding) & vipashyana (insight). Meanwhile, 'to understand this' has many more immediate advantages for us as individuals and as a collective / society. The more we 'understand' karma / Reality, the more benefits.

 


 

Quotes

From: H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s Commentary on The Aspiration Prayer of Kuntuzangpo

So there is a single basis and there are two paths and two fruitions. The path of accomplishing other’s benefits that leads to the fruition of happiness and the path of self-cherishing that leads to the fruition of suffering. Two paths here do not refer to the physical paths that we walk on, rather they refer to different ways of thinking in our mind depending on knowing and not knowing the working of karma (karma and its fruition). ...

I was really amazed by the difference between knowing and not knowing the working of karma (karma and its fruition) and thus how the mind views things. This is what determines our happiness and suffering. ...

They all can attain the state of Enlightenment if they understand the karma that they created in the past. If you do not understand the workings of the karma and you are not aware, then you are transforming happiness into suffering. You are transforming friends into enemies. Our fortune and riches may become the cause of miseries. We can only find suffering. This is one path and the other path is to understand karma, change the way of thinking and find happiness within suffering. Kuntuzangpo is your own mind and in order to realize that mind, we need awareness that means we need to understand the workings of karma. May they all attain Enlightenment means may they all be free from suffering, may they resolve their own suffering by understanding the workings of the karma. ...

https://www.ratnashri.se/KuntuzangpoPrayer.pdf

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The unity of emptiness ~ Sengcan

Things are "objects" because there is a "subject" or mind (and relation / action);

and the mind is a "subject" because there are "objects" (and relation / action).

Understand the relativity of these two (the co-dependence / co-evolution of the three spheres)

and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness (the Union of the three spheres).

(i.e. Union of the three spheres: Union subject <==> relation / action <==> object. The three spheres are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, CO-EVOLVING, co-ceasing / co-transcended, equal / non-dual / one, in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not different / separate / independent / multiple / dual, not identical / united / dependent / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. 

Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres: the three spheres are like a Union of being conventionally DEPENDENTLY CO-ARISEN relatively functional impermanent appearances (1st truth -- not complete non-existence) <==> and being EMPTY of inherent existence (2nd truth -- not real existence); one aspect implies the other (<==>).)

In this Emptiness the two (/ three) are indistinguishable (in Union)

and each contains in itself the whole world.

If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine (realise the Union of opposites)

you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion. (Middle Way: not accepting not rejecting in absolute terms)

(i.e. Union of opposites in general: The apparent opposites are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, CO-EVOLVING, co-ceasing / co-transcended, equal / non-dual / one, in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not different / separate / independent / multiple / dual, not identical / united / dependent / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. 

Union of the Two Truths about the opposites in general: the apparent opposites are like a Union of being conventionally DEPENDENTLY CO-ARISEN relatively functional impermanent appearances (1st truth -- not complete non-existence) <==> and being EMPTY of inherent existence (2nd truth -- not real existence); one aspect implies the other (<==>).

This applies to all dualities, triads, quads, etc; even to the three spheres, and the two truths themselves.)

-- Sengcan
https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-unity-of-emptiness-sengcan/

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Three essential points ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Mindfulness should guide all your actions and your spiritual endeavors. 

Whatever you do, always apply three essential points: 

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1. undertake the action with the intention of doing so for the good of all beings; 

2. execute it with perfect concentration, free of ATTACHMENT to concepts of subject, object, and action; and, 

3. finally, dedicate the merit you have created to the enlightenment of all beings.

-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book The Hundred Verses of Advice: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most
https://quotes.justdharma.com/three-essential-points-dilgo-khyentse-rinpoche/

i.e. Free of any attachment / grasping / reification / ignorance about the three spheres; not absence of any concept about the three spheres.

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Fettered by craving ~ Tilopa

Child, it is not by appearances that you are fettered but by craving.

-- Tilopa
https://quotes.justdharma.com/fettered-by-craving/

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Fixation ~ Thrangu Rinpoche

The problems we face with appearances and all of the suffering we experience as a result of appearances is not because of the appearances themselves but because of our fixation on them (our reification, grasping attachment, ignorance of their true nature & dynamic). It is our fixation upon appearances which turns appearances into enemies. Because these appearances are just appearances (Reality is just Reality), they are just what appears to us; so if we have no fixation on them, they will not bring any suffering.

– Thrangu Rinpoche
from the book "An Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation"
https://quotes.justdharma.com/fixation-thrangu-rinpoche/

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Just appearances ~ Thrangu Rinpoche

The problems we face with APPEARANCES (physical, mental, or conceptual: ex. concepts, dualities) and all of the suffering we experience as a result of appearances is not because of the appearances themselves but because of our FIXATION [or GRASPING] on them. It is our fixation upon appearances which turns appearances into enemies. Because these appearances are just appearances, they are just what appears to us; so if we have no fixation on them, they will not bring any suffering.

(i.e. It is thinking that our fabrications (physical, mental, conceptual) x (individual, collective, cosmic) are inherently existing, independently, separately, absolutely, and with inherently existing qualities / properties / characteristics, and in real opposition. If we can use them as simple tools, without grasping at them, without becoming slaves to them, without thinking they are inherently existing, while being fully aware of their true nature then it would be Nirvana here & now.)

– Thrangu Rinpoche
from the book "An Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation"
https://quotes.justdharma.com/just-appearances-thrangu-rinpoche/

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Neither REJECT nor cling (ACCEPT) to words,

Both are wrong; like a ball of fire,

Useful but dangerous.

(i.e. The Middle Way free from all extremes & middle: Not accepting / affirming / seeking / doing / perceiving anything in absolute terms, not rejecting / negating / abandoning / not-doing / not-perceiving anything in absolute terms, just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively. 

Being able to use our body / physical fabrications, speech / conceptual fabrications, mind / mental fabrications, our five aggregates, without grasping, without attachment, without being slave to them, without being fooled by them, without duality / separation between subject, action and object, without ignorance. Being able to use them as simple tools while being fully aware of their true nature & dynamic.) 

-- From Song of Precious Mirror Samadhi,
by Ch'an Master Tung-shan Liang-chieh
https://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/zen/hz/hz.htm

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Doer and doing ~ Nagarjuna

A doer (subject) arises dependent on a doing (action),
and a doing (action) exists dependent on a doer (subject).
Except for that, we do not see another cause for their establishment.

(i.e. Union of the three spheres: Union subject <==> relation / action <==> object. The three spheres are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, CO-EVOLVING, co-ceasing / co-transcended, equal / non-dual / one, in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not different / separate / independent / multiple / dual, not identical / united / dependent / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. 

Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres: the three spheres are like a Union of being conventionally DEPENDENTLY CO-ARISEN relatively functional impermanent appearances (1st truth -- not complete non-existence) <==> and being EMPTY of inherent existence (2nd truth -- not real existence); one aspect implies the other (<==>).)

-- Nagarjuna
quoted in the book Meditation on Emptiness
https://quotes.justdharma.com/doer-and-doing/

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Mind ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

There's no difference (or identity ...) between what is seen (object / luminosity / waves / clouds)
and the mind that sees it (subject / mind / ocean / sky).

(i.e. Union of the three spheres: Union subject <==> relation / action <==> object. The three spheres are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, CO-EVOLVING, co-ceasing / co-transcended, equal / non-dual / one, in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not different / separate / independent / multiple / dual, not identical / united / dependent / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. 

Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres: the three spheres are like a Union of being conventionally DEPENDENTLY CO-ARISEN relatively functional impermanent appearances (1st truth -- not complete non-existence) <==> and being EMPTY of inherent existence (2nd truth -- not real existence); one aspect implies the other (<==>).)

– Mingyur Rinpoche
https://quotes.justdharma.com/mind/

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Afflictive and cognitive obscuration ~ Maitreya

Any thought such as miserliness and so on
Is held to be an afflictive obscuration.
Any thought of [reification / grasping / attachment / ignorance about the three spheres:] ‘subject’, ‘object’ and ‘action
Is held to be a cognitive obscuration.

– Maitreya
Uttaratantra Shastra - V, 14
https://quotes.justdharma.com/afflictive-and-cognitive-obscuration-maitreya/

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Full knowledge (awareness) dissolves the 'distance'
between knower (subject) and known (object)
that characterizes conventional not-knowing (unawareness).

With no distance, an intimacy (Union) of knowing emerges,
and knowledge becomes inseparable from love.

~ Tarthang Tulku
In the Introduction of the book: Now that I Come to Die, Lonchenpa

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The Innate Beyond Subject And Object ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Phenomena (objects) are the radiance of the innate absolute;
Mind (subject)’s nature is the wisdom of the innate absolute.

The ultimate teacher – phenomena (object) and mind (subject) merged in one taste (Union) –
Dwells naturally within myself. Ah ho! What a joy!

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
quoted in the book The Tibetan Buddhism Reader
https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-innate-beyond-subject-and-object-dilgo-khyentse-rinpoche/

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Perceiver and Perceived ~ Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

In absolute terms, each moment of experience is empty of a difference (or identity) in nature of perceiver (subject) and perceived (object). Rather than regarding consciousness (subject) merely as the seeing (relation / action) or observing aspect of a moment of experience, it is also the content (object) of that experience.

-- Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
from the book Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness
https://quotes.justdharma.com/perceiver-and-perceived-khenpo-tsultrim-rinpoche/

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Dualistic notions of perceiver and perceived ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is never to entertain concepts,
Which revolve around dualistic notions of perceiver (subject) and perceived (object),
In the knowledge that all these appearances are but the mind itself,
Whilst mind’s own nature is forever beyond the limitations of ideas.

-- Gyelse Tokme Zangpo
The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas
https://quotes.justdharma.com/dualistic-notions-of-perceiver-and-perceived-gyelse-tokme-zangpo/

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In the voidness of reality ~ Milarepa

This fundamental consciousness

In itself is nothing at all. (i.e. emptiness of the subject / mind)

In the voidness of reality

Lack of [reification / grasping / attachment / ignorance about the three spheres:] realizer (subject) and realized (object) (and relation / action / ...) is realized,

Lack of [reification / grasping / attachment / ignorance about the three spheres:] seer (subject) and seen (object) (and relation / action / ...) is seen,

Lack of [reification / grasping / attachment / ignorance about the three spheres:] knower (subject) and known (object) (and relation / action / ...) is known,

Lack of [reification / grasping / attachment / ignorance about the three spheres:] perceiver (subject) and perceived (object) (and relation / action / ...) is perceived.

-- Milarepa
from the book Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet's Beloved Saint, Milarepa
https://quotes.justdharma.com/in-the-voidness-of-reality-milarepa/

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The essence of mind ~ Chetsang Rinpoche

The essence of mind is somewhat difficult to explain, so we look at it from the negative point of view, that is, what mind is not. First of all, we see that it is not something which arises or ceases or abides. It is free of these three things. From beginningless time, there is no arising (origination), no cessation and no abiding (duration) in terms of staying in one place, not moving, or not changing. It is completely free of all three of these.

It is also free of being a thing or a substance composed of particles. The essential entity, or substance, of mind is not something that can be defiled or stained by grasping at subject and object (and relation / action). It is completely free of the stains from those activities.

Further, when we look at the essential substance of mind, we find that no matter how much we search for it, no matter how much we analyze it, there is no thing there to be found. There is no entity that we can come up with by searching, evaluating, and analyzing. No matter how much we seek for its essential substance, we cannot find it. The searcher, the one who does the search for essential substance of mind, cannot find it. Therefore it is said that the essential substance of mind itself is emptiness.

-- Chetsang Rinpoche
from the book The Practice Of Mahamudra
https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-essence-of-mind-chetsang-rinpoche/

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A mere indescribable luminosity ~ Maitreya

If what appears to be apprehended (object) does not exist by its very own essence apart from that which apprehends it (subject), then what appears to be the apprehender (subject) does not exist either. The reason, here, is that the apprehender (subject) exists in relation to the apprehended (object), not in isolation.

Therefore, awareness is devoid of both apprehender (subject) and apprehended (object) (, and relation / action / apprehension), in all their various forms. Free from subject and object (and relation / action), by its very own nature awareness is a mere indescribable luminosity.

(i.e. Union luminosity / clear light / clarity / functionality / capacity of knowing ... displays / appearances <==> and emptiness of inherent existence.)

(Note: "Free from" but not without. Free means not being slave to, not fooled by, not grasping, not reifying ...)

-- Maitreya
from the book Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature: Maitreya's Dharmadharmatavibhanga with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham
https://quotes.justdharma.com/mere-indescribable-luminosity-maitreya/

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No hope no fear ~ Tilopa

If you are beyond all grasping at an object and at a subject (and relation / action),

that is the monarch of all views.

If there is no distraction,

it is the monarch of all meditations.

If there is no effort,

it is the monarch among all conducts.

When there is no hope (acceptation) and no fear (rejection),

that is the final result,

and the fruition has been attained or revealed.

-- Tilopa
from the book The Life of Tilopa and the Ganges Mahamudra
https://quotes.justdharma.com/no-hope-no-fear-tilopa/

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Awareness of Feelings ~ 14th Dalai Lama

“That which is seen (object) and that which is touched (object) are of a dream-like and illusion-like nature (EMPTINESS).

Because feeling ARISES TOGETHER WITH (CO-EMERGENCE) the mind (subject), it is not [ultimately] perceived.”

~Shantideva

There is nothing whatever that has a true mode of existence (EMPTINESS). Nevertheless, this does not suggest that a person (subject) who experiences (action) feelings (object) and the feelings themselves — pleasant and unpleasant — are utterly non-existent. They do exist, but in an untrue fashion. Thus, the things that we see and touch have a dream-like and illusion-like quality.

In the second line the author refutes the true existence of the mind (subject) that experiences feelings. Since feelings (objects) ARISE IN CONJUNCTION WITH (CO-EMERGENCE) the mind / subject, feelings are not perceived by the mind that is simultaneous with them. There must be a causal relationship (relation / action) between the experienced object and the experiencing subject. If two entities are substantially distinct and exist simultaneously, there could be neither a causal relationship nor an identity relationship between them.

For this reason the author denies that either [intrinsic] relationship could hold for the feelings and the awareness that is simultaneous with them. Two mental events that arise in conjunction with each other are not able to apprehend one another. This holds true for all states of awareness. Thus, feelings are not observed by the awareness that arises in conjunction with them and that exists simultaneously with them.

-- 14th Dalai Lama
from the book Transcendent Wisdom
https://quotes.justdharma.com/awareness-of-feelings-14th-dalai-lama/

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An Adamantine Song on the Ever-Present ~ Longchenpa

To experience the ocean of essence (the Ever-Present Ground),

resembling the sphere of unchanging space:

free of center and perimeter,

pervading the expanse.

Enlightened mind transcends cognitions!

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Rootless and baseless are [dependently co-arisen] appearance and void (emptiness)

in the self-arisen rikpa of every perception.

Vivid is the sense of non-cessation: luminous,

(i.e. Everything, even the two truths and the three spheres, is appearing but empty; empty but still luminous / dependently appearing and relatively functional; one aspects implies the other (<==>). Union of the Two Truths about anything and everything.)

the absence of object perception.

(i.e. Pure spontaneous non-conceptual non-dualistic / action / perception / cognition without any di-vision between subject, relation / action, object.)

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Within the voidness free of class distinction

(i.e. In emptiness there is not absolute basis for any discrimination; Union of opposites.)

all appearances dissolve (i.e. They are transcended by directly realising their true nature & dynamic)

for their ground is lost;

The rikpa of liberation is spread evenly.

Subject and object (and relation / action) are both (all) void

(i.e. The three spheres are empty of inherent existence <==> because interdependent / co-dependent / co-evolving, and vice versa; Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres),

for their roots are lost.

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The essence of self-arisen wisdom

and all duality are cleansed (purified) like the sky; 

(i.e. All oppositions / dualities and their relation / opposition / duality are purified / transcended by directly realising their true nature & dynamic.)

subjects and objects (and relation / action) arise as free from bounds,

(i.e. The three speres and their relation / opposition / separation are purified / transcended by directly realising their true nature & dynamic.)

as naked dharmakaya!

This is the Great Perfection, free of cognition (inconceivable)!

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The self-arisen ground primordially pure,

the ultraversed path supremely swift,

the unsought fruit spontaneously savored,

such is the Great Perfection,

in the radiant dharmakaya.

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This primordial sphere of pervasive essence

is the Great Perfection of samsara and nirvana;

this song of transcending –

beyond cause and effect, beyond all endeaver,

-- Longchenpa
from the book Songs of Spiritual Experience: Tibetan Buddhist Poems of Insight and Awakening
https://quotes.justdharma.com/an-adamantine-song-on-the-ever-present-longchenpa/

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Absolute bodhicitta ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Absolute bodhicitta is the direct insight into the nature of mind. Within absolute bodhicitta, or the absolutely awakened mind, there is no [reification / grasping / attachment / ignorance about the three spheres:][reification / grasping / attachment / ignorance about the three spheres:] distinction between subject and object (and relation / action), self and other (or between any conceptual opposites); all sentient beings are spontaneously recognized as perfect manifestation of Buddha-nature.

-- Mingyur Rinpoche
from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
https://quotes.justdharma.com/absolute-bodhicitta/

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All phenomena ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

All phenomena (the three spheres) of cyclic existence (samsara) or transcendence (nirvana),

Included within both appearance (objects) and mind (subject) (and relation / action),

Have no reality whatsoever (emptiness) and (therefore)

Arise in any way whatsoever (unimpeded appearance).

-- Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
from the book Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation
https://quotes.justdharma.com/all-phenomena/

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The Confusion of Dualism ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

But if, through fundamental misperception of reality, the individual enters into the confusion of dualism, primordial consciousness, which is in fact the source of all manifestation (even of dualistic consciousness (subject) and, in fact, of all phenomena (object)), itself becomes obscured. The individual’s deluded mind then mistakes the manifestations of its own pure, innate primordial awareness for an external reality (objects) existing separately from itself (subject) (and from their relation / action), which it endlessly, and ultimately unsuccessfully, attempts to manipulate, trying in vain to bring an end to the continual underlying sense of dissatisfaction and unease which is the inevitable experience of the obscuration of pure awareness. The experience of underlying dissatisfaction (or ‘dukha’ in Sanskrit) that unavoidably arises with a deluded mind, continues, no matter how ‘successful’ the individual becomes in dealing with his or her world in materialistic terms, until the individual regains the experience of the primordial state.

-- Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
from the book The Crystal And The Way Of Light: Sutra, Tantra And Dzogchen
https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-confusion-of-dualism/

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In the universal womb ~ Longchenpa

In the universal womb (ground) that is boundless space

All forms of matter and energy occur

As flux of the four elements,

But all are empty forms, absent in reality:

All phenomena (object), arising in pure mind (subject), are like that.

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Just as dream is a part of sleep,

Unreal in its arising (relation / action),

So all and everything (objects) is pure mind (subject),

Never separated from it (co-dependent / co-evolving),

And without substance or attribute(emptiness).

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Experience (relation / action) is neither mind (subject) nor anything but mind (not different, not identical ...);

It is a vivid display of emptiness, like magical illusion,

In the very moment inconceivable and unutterable.

All experience arising in the mind,

At its inception, know it as emptiness!

-- Longchenpa
from the book Natural Perfection: Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen
https://quotes.justdharma.com/in-the-universal-womb/

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Exploring the connections of my karma ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

I have no wings, but still I fly in the sky;
I have no magical power, yet like magic
I journey throughout realms of illusory display,
here and there, in nine directions,
exploring the connections of my karma.

– Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
from the book "Lord of the Dance: Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama"
https://quotes.justdharma.com/exploring-the-connections-of-my-karma-chagdud-tulku-rinpoche/ 

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“The totality of the apparent world is sentient. It is truly sentient.”
“The three realms are liberated into their own sentience."

From: The Tantra on the All Good One That Brings Together the Roots of the Magnificent Sky
From: Natural Bliss - Five Tantras of the Space Section
Translated by Christopher Wilkinson
https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Bliss-Tantras-Space-Section/dp/B08R1NK4B7

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So when we perceive / know / are aware of something,
we are ๐—ฐ๐—ผ-๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜.
It is the Ground / Universe looking at another part of itself looking at the first part ...
two mirrors facing each other, reflecting each other ...

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