Sunday, March 28, 2021

Transcending dualism - 110

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Transcending dualism

“We must try to get used to the notion that everything we see, do and think is an interpretation created by our mind [๐—จ๐Ÿฎ๐—ง-๐Ÿฏ๐—ฆ], which itself is an important stepping-stone towards the practice of nonduality [๐—จ๐Ÿฎ๐—ง-๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ]. 

And “getting used” to it means ๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™œ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ.” 

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- Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche 

Via: https://www.facebook.com/lamasangyelodro/posts/1889649027853201 

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COMMENTS -- ๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™œ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ --:

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๐—จ๐Ÿฎ๐—ง-๐Ÿฏ๐—ฆ = 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. subjects / actor / perceiver / knower, 2. relation / action / perception / cognition, 3. object / result / perceived / known --. 

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๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™จ are empty of inherent existence (2nd truth) <==> because /thus conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances, merely labelled / imputed / conceptualised together by the mind in dependence of its past / conditioning / karma (1st truth). 

Appearing but empty, empty but appearing. 

One truth implies the other (<==>). 

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๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™จ are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, CO-EVOLVING, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony, equal / non-dual / one -- in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not existent, not non-existent, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not equal / pure / perfect / divine, not unequal / impure / imperfect / ordinary, not both together, not neither; etc. Meaning their true nature is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned conceptual dualistic minds; it is beyond all extremes & middle (of any duality), beyond all conceptual elaborations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental).

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The true nature of the ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™จ, of Reality as it is here & now, of the Ground / Suchness / Thusness / Primordial Awareness / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness ... has to be personally non-conceptually non-dualistically directly perceived / realised / experienced / abided in without using any of our accumulated conditioning / karma. All that was said about them before serves only as temporary antidotes to extremes & middle wrong views.

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๐—จ๐Ÿฎ๐—ง-๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ = 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—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ in any duality, tiad, quad, etc.

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๐˜ผ๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ are empty of inherent existence (2nd truth) <==> because /thus conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances, merely labelled / imputed / conceptualised together by the mind in dependence of its past / conditioning / karma (1st truth). 

Appearing but empty, empty but appearing. 

One truth implies the other (<==>). 

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๐˜ผ๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, CO-EVOLVING, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony, equal / non-dual / one -- in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not existent, not non-existent, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not equal / pure / perfect / divine, not unequal / impure / imperfect / ordinary, not both together, not neither; etc. Meaning their true nature is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned conceptual dualistic minds; it is beyond all extremes & middle (of any duality), beyond all conceptual elaborations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental).

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The true nature of the ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ, of Reality as it is here & now, of the Ground / Suchness / Thusness / Primordial Awareness / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness ... has to be personally non-conceptually non-dualistically directly perceived / realised / experienced / abided in without using any of our accumulated conditioning / karma. All that was said about them before serves only as temporary antidotes to extremes & middle wrong views.

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๐—จ๐Ÿฎ๐—ง-๐Ÿฎ๐—ง = 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˜„๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€: co-dependence & emptiness of inherent existence.

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๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ are empty of inherent existence (2nd truth) <==> because /thus conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional impermanent appearances, merely labelled / imputed / conceptualised together by the mind in dependence of its past / conditioning / karma (1st truth). 

Appearing but empty, empty but appearing. 

One truth implies the other (<==>). 

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๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, CO-EVOLVING, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony, equal / non-dual / one -- in the non-dual sense of those terms: ex. not existent, not non-existent, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not equal / pure / perfect / divine, not unequal / impure / imperfect / ordinary, not both together, not neither; etc. Meaning their true nature is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned conceptual dualistic minds; it is beyond all extremes & middle (of any duality), beyond all conceptual elaborations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental).

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The true nature of ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ, of Reality as it is here & now, of the Ground / Suchness / Thusness / Primordial Awareness / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness ... has to be personally non-conceptually non-dualistically directly perceived / realised / experienced / abided in without using any of our accumulated conditioning / karma. All that was said about them before serves only as temporary antidotes to extremes & middle wrong views.

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MADHYAMAKA LOGIC IS LIKE THIS: 

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Because everything is ๐—–๐—ข-๐——๐—˜๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ก๐——๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง / dependently co-arisen, ever changing, merely labelled / imputed / conceptualised / opposed by the mind in dependence of its past / conditioning / karma;

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<==> then everything is ๐—˜๐— ๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—ฌ of inherent existence <==> then there is NO REAL ORIGINATION, DURATION, CESSATION of anything;

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<==> then there is no real permanence / continuity / eternity, no real impermanence / discontinuity / annihilation of anything;

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<==> then everything is NOT EXISTENT, NOT NON-EXISTENT, not both together, not neither; 

NOT DIFFERENT / SEPARATE / MULTIPLE / DUAL, NOT IDENTICAL / UNITED / ONE / NON-DUAL, not both together, not neither; 

NOT PERMANENT / CONTINUOUS / ETERNAL, NOT IMPERMANENT / DISCONTINUOUS / ANNIHILATED, not both together, not neither; 

NOT UNEQUAL / IMPURE / IMPERFECT / ORDINARY, NOT EQUAL / PURE / PERFECT / DIVINE, not both together, not neither; 

NOT RELATIVE, NOT ABSOLUTE, not both together, not neither; 

๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—จ๐—˜ / ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—š๐—›๐—ง, ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง ๐—™๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—˜ / ๐—ช๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ; 

NOT RELATIVE, NOT ABSOLUTE, not both together, not neither; 

NOT PURELY-OBJECTIVE, NOT PURELY-SUBJECTIVE, NOT PURELY-PROCESS, not two or three of them together, not none of them;

NOT PURELY-PHYSICAL, NOT PURELY-CONCEPTUAL, NOT PURELY-MENTAL, not two or three of them together, not none of them;

NOT THIS, NON-THIS, not both together, not neither;

-- meaning the true nature of Reality is beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all conceptual proliferations, beyond all conditioning / karma, inconceivable for our flawed conditioned conceptual dualistic minds --;

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<==> then there is no real difference / separation / opposition / relation / dependence, no real identity / sameness / unity / equality / oneness / independence;

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<==> then everything is beyond all opposition / discrimination / dualities in absolute terms;

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<==> then there is ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—–๐—–๐—˜๐—ฃ๐—ง / affirm / seek / do / add in absolute terms, 

๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—๐—˜๐—–๐—ง / negate / abandon / non-do / subtract in absolute terms, 

just conventionally / relatively / intersubjectively;

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<==> the we might as well say that 

๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฌ๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—œ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐—˜๐—ค๐—จ๐—”๐—Ÿ / ๐—ฃ๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—˜ / ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—™๐—˜๐—–๐—ง / ๐——๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜ / TIMELESS / SPACELESS / LIMITLESS / INCONCEIVABLE … as an antidote to our usual position; and enjoy the magical show, appreciating both the diversity and unity of everything, never grasping at any position, never becoming slaves to conditioned views, methods & goals, never accepting this & rejecting that in absolute terms. Realising the true nature & dynamic of anything & everything is the liberating factor, the door to timeless bliss.)


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Other blog posts on the subject:


004 The true meaning of Unity /  Non-duality  / Union of opposites

005 Introduction to the three conceptual spheres

006 Rรฉsumรฉ of all Madhyamaka Reasonings

008 Buddhist Logic

037 Realizing the true nature of Karma

065 Madhyamaka logic is like this


Picture: A color contrast optical illusion makes it look like the balls are ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ colors. In reality they are all the ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ color and shading.


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Quotes

๐——๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ (illusions of difference, separation, opposition) is the real root of our suffering and of all our conflicts. All our concepts and beliefs, no matter how profound they may seem, are like nets which trap us in dualism. When we discover our limits we have to try to overcome them, untying ourselves from whatever type of religious, political or social conviction may condition us. We have to abandon such concepts as 'enlightenment', 'the nature of the mind', and so on, until we are no longer satisfied by a merely intellectual knowledge, and until we no longer neglect to integrate our knowledge with our actual existence.

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~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche 

Via: https://www.facebook.com/NyingmaMasters/posts/3365577333547095 

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From Dualism to Non-Dual

'What makes the Buddhist path so special is that it looks dualistic, but it has that ability to liberate you from the bondage of dualism. It is a deliberate and conscious knot that is consciously and deliberately designed to undo itself. All the skillful means and methods of the Buddhadharma are like a thorn that we use to take out another thorn in our hand. The purpose of renunciation mind, compassion, the recitation of mantras, and contemplation on the breath is to dig out dualism. These practices will ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜‡๐˜‡๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ.They speak the language of the nondual and have the flavor of the nondual. For example, compassion is definitely dualistic, but with heavy investment, it leads you to nonduality.” 

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- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche Via: https://www.facebook.com/lamasangyelodro/posts/1889742811177156 

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"๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป?"

The perfection of compassion?

A compassion without any goal, without any cliging?

A compassion where subject & object & the action of compassion are one -- in Union?

A compassion with full awareness of the true nature of the object of compassion: its dependent appearance and emptiness of inherent existence? [U2T-3S of compassion]

https://dzongsar.justdharma.com/2011/08/16/nondual-compassion/ 

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Three types of compassion

https://soraj.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/three-types-of-compassion/ 

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Transcending both nonduality and duality ~ Chรถgyam Trungpa 

You have to go beyond ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† (๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ / ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ / ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป) and 

you also have to go beyond ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† (๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ / ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† / ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป) at the same time.

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You have to return to duality: that is the final goal. 

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It is like the ox-herding pictures: finally you return to the world, with a big belly and with the ox behind you. That picture, returning to the world, is the final point. 

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So you have duality; 

then you discover non-duality because of duality; 

then you transcend both nonduality and duality because of them.

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-- Chรถgyam Trungpa

from the book The Teacup & the Skullcup: Chogyam Trungpa on Zen and Tantra

https://quotes.justdharma.com/transcending-both-nonduality-and-duality-chogyam-trungpa/ 

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Mahakaruna ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

People like us have dualistic compassion, whereas the Buddha’s compassion does not involve subject and object. From a buddha’s point of view, compassion could never involve subject and object. This is what is called mahakaruna — great compassion.

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– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche 

Via: https://www.facebook.com/ManjushriDelight/photos/a.377713599057277/1745139715647985/ 

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Can Dualism Be Fulfilled? (the same for non-dualism / oneness)

"The definition of an ocean of samsara is that as long as we are dualistic, we are in samsara. Anything that is pursued through dualism can never be fulfilled. The appetite of dualism is equal to the size of all space. There is no way to fulfil your desire, greed, hatred, jealousy, pride, stinginess and fear. In the living history and beyond, no-one, not one single person, man or woman, has managed to fulfil their defilements through dualistic means. Therefore, the only way to fulfil our limitless potential is by the realisation of non-dualism, which is described by many terms, such as ultimate bodhichitta, ground Mahamudra, fruition Mahamudra, primordial wisdom, ultimate emptiness (i.e. also: Union of the Two Truths, Union of the three spheres, Union of opposites, the middle Way ...). All kinds of terms are used to describe this, but all of that simply means: the limitless essence (i.e. the inconceivable GROUND / true nature of Reality), which is the essence of each one of us right now, is not somewhere else, it is in us right now, and each one of us is the embodiment of this."

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~ Chamgon Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche

From "Discovering Inner Goodness", Apr. 2010 

Via: https://www.facebook.com/michael.gregory.9212/posts/3862232053856416 

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Conclusion: The problem is not words, dualities, the three spheres, appearances, the self & world, etc. 

The problem is grasping at them, getting attached to them, being fooled by them, becoming slaves to them, because ignoring their true nature & dynamic. 

The problem is thinking they are inherently existing, independently of the mind, with inherently existing characteristics / properties / qualities; and opposing them: accepting some and rejecting others. This is perpetuating the karmic cycle.

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The solution is simply to understand, and then directly perceive / realise / abide in their true nature while using them as simple tools to helps others

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The solution is not to demonize them, to reject them, to abandon them ... That would be perpetuating the karmic cycle.

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"He in whose heart the ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ of the master have entered,

Sees the truth like a treasure in his own palm."

~ Saraha

Via: https://www.facebook.com/Tenzin.Angelo/posts/1067477923742108 

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