Sunday, March 28, 2021

Correct understanding of emptiness - 108

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Correct understanding of emptiness

Unfindability ~ 14th Dalai Lama


So what is emptiness? It is simply this unfindability. When we look for the flower among its parts, we are confronted with the absence of such flower. That absence we are confronted with is the flower's emptiness. But then, is there no flower? Of course there is. To seek for the core of any phenomenon is ultimately to arrive at a more subtle appreciation of its emptiness, its unfindability.


– 14th Dalai Lama

from the book "An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life"

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“Although all sorts of images appear in a mirror, they do not exist in any solid way. But we have to understand that the same is also true for all the infinite manifestations of samsara and nirvana. The emptiness and the manifestation are indivisible: the emptiness cannot be separated from the manifestation. When we speak of emptiness and appearance, this does not mean that there are two things in the same way that we talk about the two horns of an animal. It means that there is no emptiness besides the manifestation and there is no manifestation besides the emptiness. Once we are free from clinging to this sort of duality, our concepts of existence and nonexistence will naturally fall apart. It is important to have a clear understanding – free of doubts – of this unimpeded manifestation.”

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Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – Zurchungpa's Testament Commentaries – on Concentration – Collected Works Vol III p 197, Shambhala

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Emptiness and dependent origination ~ 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Mind is by its very nature empty, yet appearances arise from it without obstruction. Out of the unobstructed emptiness of mind the whole range of appearances can manifest without limit. On a relative level, phenomena manifest through dependent origination; this is inseparable from the emptiness of mind, which is the ultimate level. Freedom from extremes is realizing that emptiness and dependent origination are one and do not contradict each other. Confusion lies neither in the appearance of things, nor in the fact that they are manifested by mind, but in one's own misunderstanding of the emptiness and luminosity of mind.

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– 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

from the book "Cloudless Sky"

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Unfindable: It -- the flower, or our 'self' -- is there but not there; like transparent. Appearing but empty, empty but still appearing and relatively functional. It is not inherently existent, not completely non-existent, not both together, not neither. Meaning its true nature is inconceivable, beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all conceptual proliferations. Its true nature is that it is an inseparable display / manifestation of the Ground / Reality / Primordial  awareness / Suchness / Thusness / the indivisible Universe ... That is a step on the road to 'a more subtle appreciation of its emptiness [U2T]".

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Seeing clearly how deceiving the ways of the world are 

Once you have understood ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ (i.e. Union of the Two Truths), you will see clearly how deluded and deceiving the ways of the world really are, and, like an old man forced to play children’s games, you will find them very tiresome. 

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When you have realized the utter foolishness of spending your life attached to friends and scheming to subdue your enemies and competitors, you will find it tedious. 

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Once you have been struck by the pointlessness of letting yourself be forever influenced and conditioned by your habitual tendencies, you will become sick of it. ... That will inspire you to strive towards liberation — and by striving for it, you will attain it.

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~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book "The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva"

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"When we look at the ground of how things are, because everything is ultimately empty, relative appearances are able to occur. The nature of the relative is the ultimate. That is the nature of the relative, their nature is the ultimate truth. And so in this way the ultimate and the relative are not contradictory or exclusive of each other. "

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-- Gyaltsab Rinpoche - Teachings on the Aspiration of Mahamdura

Bodhgaya, Feb 2018

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Correct understanding of emptiness ~ Kalu Rinpoche

Be careful. The correct understanding of emptiness is in no way nihilistic. If we decide that everything is empty and without reality, that the state of buddhahood has no real existence, that karmic causality is empty, and that therefore there is no reason to bother, this would be a nihilistic view, even worse than the view that takes relative things to be truly existent. Nihilistic conceptions are a more serious mistake than the realist conceptions that take phenomena to exist as they appear.

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The correct understanding of emptiness lies between the two extremes of eternalism (believing things to be inherently or truly existent) and nihilism (believing them not to exist at all). This middle way view eliminates wrong ideas and ultimately allows us to go beyond conceptualized notions about reality.

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But beware: to conceive of emptiness closes the door to liberation. The great lineage holder Saraha said: To consider the world as real is a brutish attitude. To consider it as empty is even more savage. And Nฤgฤrjuna said: Those who conceive of emptiness are incurable.

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~ Kalu Rinpoche 

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How liberation is to be gained ~ Mipham Rinpoche

If one trains for a long time in the union of the two truths, the stage of acceptance (on the path of joining), which is attuned to primordial wisdom, will arise. By thus acquiring a certain conviction in that which surpasses intellectual knowledge, and by training in it, one will eventually actualize it. This is precisely how the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas have said that liberation is to be gained.

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– Mipham Rinpoche

from the book "The Adornment of the Middle Way: Shantarakshita's Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham"

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Things exist because they are empty (and vice versa) ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Things do exist, but they exist because they are empty. That is why the I exists; why phenomena exist; why birth, aging, and death exist; why suffering and the cessation of suffering exist. All these exist in mere name. For ordinary people like us, however, everything that is false in life appears true. Whether something exists or is a fantasy, we believe it to be 100 percent true. On the other hand, ultimate reality, which does exist, appears to us as nonexistent. 

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– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

from the book "The Six Perfections: The Practice of the Bodhisattvas"

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Realizing emptiness ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Since ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€, from between positive and negative phenomena, is a negative phenomenon and, from between affirming negatives and non-affirming negatives, ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ, when it appears to the mind, nothing will appear except an absence of such inherent existence—a mere elimination of the object of negation. Thus, for the mind of a person realizing emptiness there is no sense of, “I am ascertaining emptiness,” and there is no thought, "This is emptiness." If you had such a sense, emptiness would become distant. Nevertheless, the emptiness of inherent existence is ascertained and realized.

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After such realization, even though whatever phenomena appear appear to exist in their own right (1st truth), you understand that they do not exist that way (2nd truth). You have a sense that they are like a magician’s illusions in that there is a combination of their appearing one way but actually existing another way. Though they appear to exist inherently, you understand that they are empty of inherent existence.  (๐—ถ.๐—ฒ. ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐˜€)

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When phenomena are seen this way, the conceptions that superimpose a sense of goodness or badness (i.e. apparent dualities) on phenomena beyond what is actually there and serve as a basis for generating desire and hatred lessen; this is because they are based on the misconception that phenomena are established in their own right. (๐—ถ.๐—ฒ. ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€)

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– 14th Dalai Lama

from the book "Kindness, Clarity, and Insight"

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