What is Primordial-awareness? Timeless omnipresent interdependence and emptiness inseparable. [U2T] - 152
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Most teachings about 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 / 𝗕𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗵𝗮-𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 are too dualistic: they talk about a pure fundamental awareness covered with impure dust / veils / defilements that need to be cleaned / removed. Most teachings, even in Dzogchen & Mahamudra, talk about what is good and what is bad.
But that is just an introductory model / adapted skillful means. Reality is more subtle. Good & bad are inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, non-dual -- 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. There is good & bad at the conventional / relative / inter-subjective level, but there is no independent / universal / absolute / inherently existing good & bad at the ultimate level.
All analogies are imperfect. In reality, the ‘dust’ and the ‘mirror’ are inseparable; the ‘reflections’ and the ‘mirror’ are inseparable; the ‘appearances’ and the ‘Ground’ are inseparable. The ‘dust’ / ‘reflections’ / ‘appearances’ are pure spontaneous natural manifestations of the ‘Ground / Basis / Source / U2T’. The ‘Ground’ / ‘mirror’ is simply their true nature & dynamic, not something different or separate.
They say 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 is a state of mind free from all dualistic conceptualisation / grasping / attachment & fear, free from any discrimination -- acceptance & rejection -- in absolute terms, free from grasping at any concepts & dualities ... It is an awareness focused on the present moment, on what is here & now, instead of being lost in the past or the future, slave to its conditioning.
𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 is the unconditioned part that is always present in all moments of consciousness -- conditioned / impure or unconditioned / pure --. It is the part that is unborn / unfabricated, unchanging, unceasing, pure & perfect in all moments of consciousness / actions / perception / cognition. It doesn't deny our conditioned physical / conceptual / mental fabrications -- ex. thoughts, feelings, concepts, dualities, memories, activities --; 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 & 𝗻𝗼𝘄 / 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 / 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗶𝘀 / 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲 / 𝗦𝘂𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀.
So realising / abiding in our 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 is not about rejecting / negating / abandoning / eliminating our conditioned physical / conceptual / mental fabrications -- body, speech & mind --, but about directly perceiving / realising / experiencing / abiding in their true nature as it is here & now while using them as simple tools.
Primordial-awareness and the ordinary conditioned dualistic conceptual mind are inseparable; they arise as a co-emergent unity / Union; they form another apparent duality that needs to be transcended.
There is no absolutely still / unmoving, absolutely non-thinking, absolutely non-dualistic, absolutely non-conceptual, absolutely non-acting ... Primordial-awareness. Our mind is always acting, otherwise it is not a mind.
Movement / thoughts / conceptualisation / discrimination and rest / no-thought / non-conceptualisation / non-discrimination are inseparable; they form apparent dualities that needs to be transcended.
The Ground and its spontaneous natural manifestations are inseparable.
Without any reflections, a mirror is not a mirror.
Space and things are inseparable.
Subject and object & action are inseparable.
𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 is not a thing / state of mind that existed in the past, before our mind became clouded / obscured with defilements / conditioning / karma.
It is not the future state of our mind after it will become cleansed of its obscurations / defilements / conditioning / karma.
It is not the present state of mind of a Buddha that would be different from the state of mind of ordinary sentient beings.
It is not something separate from all virtues or obscurations / defilements / conditioning / karma.
𝗜𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 & 𝗻𝗼𝘄 -- with or without obscurations / defilements / conditioning / karma --, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 & 𝗻𝗼𝘄 -- pure or impure, good or bad --.
𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 is not a thing, it is not nothing, it is not both together, it is not neither.
It is not a subject / mind, not an object / phenomena, not a relation / action / process, not a combination of those, not none of those.
It is not a primary cause, not a final effect, not a causal relation / action, not a combination of those, not none of those.
It is not physical / material / body, not conceptual / law / rule / speech, not mental / mind, not a combination of those, not none of those.
It is not many, not one, not both together, not neither.
It is not individual, not collective, not cosmic / universal, not a combination of those, not none of those.
It is not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither. So we say it is unborn, unchanging, unceasing.
It is not pure, not impure, not both together, not neither. It is beyond all dualities. So we say it is pristine.
It is not interdependence [T1-only], not emptiness of inherent existence [T2-only], not both together [2T], not neither [1T]. So we say it is the inconceivable Union of the Two Truths [U2T].
Here, 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹 means always present in the three times in everything, not caused / produced / fabricated, not composed, not conditioned.
𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿-𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱, 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗰𝗼-𝗲𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗰𝗼-𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗱 & 𝗰𝗼-𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 [𝗧𝟭].
𝗧𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗼-𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁.
It is another way to express the 1st truth: conventionally dependently co-arisen / interdependent relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances [T1]; or the basic functionality / clarity / cognizance of the mind that is always present.
And this is inseparable from emptiness [T2].
𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹 & 𝗼𝗺𝗻𝗶𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿-𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗹𝘀𝗲, 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 / 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲.
It is a fundamental capacity that has its source into the true nature of everything: the Union of the Two Truths: Union of interdependence [T1] <==> and emptiness of inherent existence [T2].
It is ‘inter-connection / inter-dependence’ because one side (subject) is not active while the other (object) passive. Both sides are on an equal footing. Both sides are manifestations of the Ground inter-acting with the other side.
Pure awareness / interdependence is when the subject & object merge into an inconceivable non-dual Ground: the inter-dependence [T1] <==> and emptiness of inherent existence [T2] of everything; like a sea of dependent co-origination [T1] with nothing inherently existing in it [T2].
𝗣𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿-𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲; 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲, 𝗢𝗻𝗲.
Pure awareness is Primordial-awareness / Ground / Reality becoming spontaneously aware of its own true nature & dynamic as it is here & now in all appearances (self-cognising primordial wisdom) . This is the Union of subject <==> and object [Uopp], or the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S] -- subject, relation / action, object --. That is the true nature & dynamic of Reality as it is here & now.
The true meaning of 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 / 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 is to be understood in the context of 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘀 [𝗨𝟮𝗧].
-- The true nature of the mind is the inconceivable Union of awareness / functionality / clarity / cognizance [T1] <==> and emptiness of inherent existence [T2].
-- The true nature of everything is the inconceivable Union of conventionally dependently co-arisen / interdependent relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances [T1] <==> and emptiness of inherent existence [T2].
𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲 ‘𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀’ 𝗮𝗻𝗱 ‘𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲’ 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝗻𝗼𝗻𝘆𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘀.
𝗔𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 / 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗶𝘀 / 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲 / 𝗦𝘂𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 / 𝗗𝘇𝗼𝗴𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗻 / 𝗠𝗮𝗵𝗮𝗺𝘂𝗱𝗿𝗮 / 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 / 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘀 ... 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝗻𝗼𝗻𝘆𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘀.
Mere pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.
𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 / 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹 & 𝗼𝗺𝗻𝗶𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 & 𝗱𝘆𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 including the mind [T1], and is inseparable [U2T] from its 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 / 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝗻𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 [𝗧𝟮]. One aspect / truth implies the other (<==>); that is the 𝗱𝘆𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗺 / 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 [𝗨𝟮𝗧]. Everything comes from this unique Source / Basis / Ground / U2T.
Another point: 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 is often associated with 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀. But they usually immediately rush to try to explain that this ‘emptiness’ is not mere-emptiness, not nothingness, not non-existence, not nihilism. In fact, this ‘true emptiness’ or ‘Genuine-emptiness’ would be better expressed as simply for what it is: the inconceivable Union of the Two Truths: Union of appearances & emptiness, or the Ground / Basis / Source free from all extremes & middle, free from all dualistic conceptual proliferations, free from all limits, free from all conditioning / karma.
The only difference between an enlightened being and an ordinary sentient being is that one is fully aware (rigpa) of this -- he is directly perceiving / experiencing / abiding in this while living an ordinary life --, and one is totally ignorant (marigpa) of all this, and slave to the illusions he is creating.
[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].]
Primordial-awareness, our true nature, the true nature of reality as it is here & now [the Ground / U2T], doesn’t need to be cleansed / purified, just directly perceived for what it really is here & now.
Primordial awareness is in essence perfect and pervades everywhere. (i.e. It is the true nature of everything as it is here & now -- good or bad - U2T.)
(i.e. Primordial-awareness is our true nature, the true nature of everything as it is here & now -- physical, conceptual, mental fabrications; subject, relation / action, object --. It is the unborn unchanging unconditioned unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Reality as it is / Suchness / Dharmata / Dharmadhatu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Union of the Two Truths [U2T] free from all extremes & middle, free from all conceptual proliferations, free from all limits, free from all conditioning / karma.)
How could it be dependent upon what anyone does to practice or realize it?
The movement of reality does not need us to give it a push.
Do I need to say that it is free from delusion?
The vast expanse of reality can never be darkened by the dust of presumptions (i.e. or bad karma).
Who then could believe that it needs to cleaned of such dust to be what it is?
It is never separate from where you are, (i.e. It is our true nature as it is here & now - U2T.)
so why scramble around in search of it?
-- Dogen Zenji
translated by Yasuda Joshu Dainen Roshi & Anzan Hoshin Roshi
It is not a matter of purification (accepting this, rejecting that), but a matter of directly perceiving / realising / experiencing our true nature as it is here & now, the true nature of Reality as it is here & now --: everything is inseparable natural manifestations of the pristine Ground [U2T] beyond good & bad, pure & impure.
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 and, in fact, of all phenomena), itself becomes obscured. The individual’s deluded mind then mistakes the manifestations of its own pure, innate primordial awareness for an external reality existing separately from itself, 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
It is about directly experiencing the unlimited nature of the mind, of reality as it is here & now.
For most of us, our natural mind or buddha-nature is obscured by the limited self-image created by habitual neuronal patterns (our karma) – which, in themselves, are simply a reflection of the unlimited capacity of the mind to create any condition it chooses.
Natural mind is capable of producing anything, even ignorance of its own nature. In other words, not recognizing natural mind is simply an example of the mind’s unlimited capacity to create whatever it wants.
Whenever we feel fear, sadness, jealousy, desire, or any other emotion that contributes to our sense of vulnerability or weakness, we should give ourselves a nice pat on the back. We’ve just experienced the unlimited nature of the mind.
-- Mingyur Rinpoche
from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
It is about directly perceiving the true nature of everything as it is here & now, good or bad; that is enough to become free from all conditioning / karma -- our body, speech & mind --; free from, not necessarily without them, just not slaves to them.
"Clarity is a sense of being able to see into the nature of things as though all reality were a landscape lit up on a brilliantly sunny day without clouds. Everything appears distinct and everything makes sense. // Even disturbing thoughts and emotions have their place in this brilliant landscape. //"
"The mind is always moving, always processing new ideas, new perceptions, and new sensations. That’s its job. Meditation is about learning to work with the mind as it is, not about trying to force it into some sort of Buddhist straitjacket."
"The most important thing is to learn how to rest your mind – to work with it instead of being worked by it."
-- Mingyur Rinpoche
Primordial-awareness is Interdependence / Co-evolution / Union subject & object
"So, the true meaning of '𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀' is 'inseparability', '𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲', 'inter-action', ‘co-relation’, ‘co-dependance’, 'co-emergence', 'co-evolution', 'co-cessation / co-transcendence', 'harmony', 'non-duality', ‘interaction’, ‘dialogue’, 'communication', 'collaboration', ‘co-creation’, ‘co-conditioning’, etc. And vice versa."
“The reflections of stars and planets in the ocean are the display of the ocean. Space is the matrix of the world as a container and what is contained. The true nature of reality permeates and extends throughout samsara and nirvana (i.e. the good & the bad). Understand the nature of these metaphors and what they exemplify. Thus, you will become a yogin who embraces the whole of samsara and nirvana.”
-- Dudjom Lingpa – Buddhahood Without Meditation - Nang-jang (A Visionary Account Known as Refining Perceptions) Chapter VII – pp 83-4, Padma Publishing
Primordial-awareness, our true nature, the true nature of reality as it is here & now [the Ground / U2T], is the same in both samsara & nirvana.
Samsara and nirvana are like two expressions on the same face, one dark and sullen, the other light and smiling. But, whatever the expression, we are not talking about a different face. It is not degraded when smeared with the dirt of samsara, neither is it improved when the dirt of samsara is washed off. Samsara and nirvana remain within the expanse of the absolute nature in the same way that the universe with its different continents all appear in space.
-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book Zurchungpa's Testament
Everything -- our actual 5 aggregates, body speech & mind, pure or impure -- are Reality as it is here & now, inseparable natural manifestations of the Ground, Primordial-awareness, Union of the Two Truths [U2T]. There is nothing to accept, nothing to reject in absolute terms.
The Buddha taught many times in the Mahayana sutras that the five aggregates, and the suffering that goes along with them, are of the nature of original and perfect purity. There is not the tiniest bit of impurity anywhere within them that needs to be abandoned.
Therefore, Mahayana practitioners do not want to be rid of their samsaric existence, but rather they aspire to take birth in samsara in as many bodies, in as many lifetimes as possible to be of benefit to sentient beings.
In Vajrayana practice, one cultivates the understanding that the five aggregates are of the nature of the five buddha families and that suffering is of the nature of bliss. Since that is the case, why would one ever want to abandon them? They are of the very essence of enlightenment.
-- Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
from the book The Sun of Wisdom: Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna's Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
Primordial-awareness, our true nature, the true nature of reality as it is here & now [the Ground / U2T] permeates everything in both samsara & nirvana
Space, whose nature is free of concepts;
Likewise, the stainless expanse of the mind’s true nature
Permeates all beings.
Stillness and movement are relative.
There is no absolute stillness.
So stop chasing after an illusory still naked primordial awareness.
From: Stillness and movement - 127
The whole universe is empty of inherent existence, but still interdependently appearing [U2T]
Emptiness here, Emptiness there,
but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes.
We don’t have to force it to become so -- it is about gradually gain certainty about this Primordial-awareness, our true nature, the true nature of reality as it is here & now [the Ground / U2T]
Awareness will become clearer and clearer of its own accord; we don’t have to force it to become so. In the practice of the Great Perfection, we first recognize the primordial nature of mind, and then become more and more experienced in recognizing it, eventually achieving complete stability in its realization.
-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse, Volume Three
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.
-- Mipham Rinpoche
from the book The Adornment of the Middle Way: Shantarakshita's Madhyamakalankara with Commentary by Jamgon Mipham
Everything is mutually interpenetrating / interdependent & empty of inherent existence
All aspects of phenomena are completely clear and lucid. The whole universe is open and unobstructed – everything is mutually interpenetrating.
-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
The whole universe is awake / aware / a Union of interdependence & emptiness
Learning how to be kind to ourselves is important. When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe. When we discover the buddha that we are, we realize that everything and everyone is Buddha. We discover that everything is awake, and everyone is awake. Everything and everyone is precious and whole and good. When we regard thoughts and emotions with humor and openness, that’s how we perceive the universe.
-- Pema Chödron
from the book Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion
For more see:
Golden Dust - 035
The View / Ground - Dudjom Rinpoche - 097
Sahaja - Ground - 066
Résumé about the Ground -- the basis of our Reality - 040
Realising the Ground free form all extremes - Longchenpa - Part 1 - 041A
Realising the Ground free form all extremes - Longchenpa - Part 2 - 041B
Self-liberation through the realisation of the Union of the ‘Ground’ and its ‘Manifestations’ - 134
Subject & object are collaborating as equal - 150
Stillness and movement - 127
The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra -- Rigdzin Gödem - 036