A Buddha can Watch TV - 132
𝔸 𝔹𝕌𝔻𝔻ℍ𝔸 ℂ𝔸ℕ 𝕎𝔸𝕋ℂℍ 𝕋𝕍
"While Candrakīrti is explicit in stating that the merely conventional does not appear to buddhas at all, Gorampa does not wish to push the issue quite so far. Gorampa is explicit in asserting that 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗯𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗵𝗮 [U2T - Union of the Two Truths], although he qualifies this assertion in a very specific way.
He argues that the conventional truth which appears to buddhas is not the conventional truth that appears to ordinary beings.
From the perspective of a buddha who has eliminated all dualistic distinctions, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵 [U2T - Union of the Two Truths].
In other words, conventional phenomena – such as tables, persons, thoughts, and so on – do not appear to a buddha (as inherently existing things -- physical, conceptual. mental; body, speech, mind; subject, relation/action, object --), but the conventional truth (the conventionally dependently co-arisen relatively functional ever-changing impermanent & empty of inherent existence appearance) does nevertheless appear.
𝗜𝘁 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀, 𝗚𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗮 𝗮𝗿𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀, 𝗻𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆, 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲. (It appears as an inseparable manifestation of the unique unborn unchanging unceasing pristine Ground: the inconceivable Union of the Two Truths [U2T].)
It is necessary for buddhas to have an appearance of the conventional – even if it does not appear in the same ways as it appears to non-buddhas – if buddhas are to continue to function in the world for the sake of sentient beings." - P224
"Gorampa appeals to and endorses Candrakīrti’s view that buddhas do not have appearances (as inherently existing things -- physical, conceptual. mental; body, speech, mind; subject, relation/action, object --), but adds the qualification that buddhas just do not have appearances in the same ways that ordinary persons have appearances. That is, according to Gorampa, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗵𝗮𝘀 – they are just different kinds of appearances, in which the ultimate and conventional are inseparable [U2T - Union of the Two Truths: Union of appearance <==> and emptiness of inherent existence]." -- p. 240
𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲, 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮 𝗯𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗵𝗮’𝘀 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 (that would be nihilism); Gorampa reminds us that from a buddha’s perspective, dualistic divisions between “conventional” and “ultimate” do not exist, (or the distinction between the three spheres -- subject, relation / action, object --, or the distinction between the opposites of any duality / triad / quad / etc.) and as such, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 (zung 'jug).
(i.e. He has continuous full awareness of the inconceivable true nature of Reality as it is here & now, of all appearances; as pointed by concepts like: the Inseparability / Interdependence / Non-duality / Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Inseparability / Interdependence / Non-duality / Union of the three spheres [U3S], the Inseparability / Interdependence / Non-duality / Union of the opposites in any duality / triad / quad / etc [Uopp]), the middle Way free from all extremes & middle, free from all conceptual dualistic proliferations / constructs, free from all acceptation / affirmation / search / action and rejection / negation / abandon / non-actions in absolute terms...) - P241
From: Thinking the Unthinkable / Unthinking the Thinkable: Conceptual thought, non-conceptuality, and Gorampa Sonam Senge's Synopsis of Madhyamaka
By Constance E. Kassor
Comments: 💖 Love it. A Buddha still uses conventional truths / appearances / functionalities / concepts / dualities / extremes, takes the bus, watches TV ... but he is always fully aware of their true nature while using them. Always aware of the inconceivable Ground, or Union of the Two Truths about everything. So he is never fooled by appearances, never slave to them, never grasping at them, never creating karma ... He is totally free from them, but not necessarily without them.
So what the Buddha see when watching TV is himself (everything as the Buddha), the Ground (Union of the Ground and its spontaneous manifestations), the Union of the Two Truths [U2T] ... ha!
[01. The Madhyamaka Machine about all dharmas: Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas [U2T].]
[02. If we put apparent opposites like ‘opposite-1, opposite-2 ...’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of opposites [Uopp] // the Union of the Two Truths about opposites in general [U2T-opp].]
[03. If we put apparent opposites like ‘the three spheres -- ex. subject / mind, relation / action / awareness, object / phenomena --’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of the three spheres [U3S] // the Union of the Two Truths about the three spheres [U2T-3S].]
[04. If we put apparent opposites like ‘the two truths -- dependent origination / relative functionality and emptiness of inherent existence --’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get: the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths themselves [U2T-2T].]