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Infinite Jewels - 205

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Infinite Jewels - 205
Ratnakoṭi

The Noble Great Vehicle Sūtra “Infinite Jewels”
Āryaratnakoṭināmamahāyānasūtra

– Work in progress until awakening –
– Just a pointer to the inconceivable –

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(Analogies: All appearances / manifestations – good, bad, neutral –
are like inter-connected inseparable Infinite pure jewels;
or like multiple facets of the same unique Pure Jewel / Ground / Reality as it is / U2T.
So there is no independent / universal / absolute / inherently existing basis
to differentiate them, to label them, to like / dislike / be indifferent to
some of these facets / manifestations / appearances.
Everything is the inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Buddha / Wisdom / Ground.
But, whatever we may think the Ground is; it is even more subtle than that.)

[The Dharma seal of Reality as it is:
Everything – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral;
body / physical, speech / conceptual, mind / mental fabrications;
subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana –
is simply the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervasive timeless
Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality / Suchness / Reality as it is /
Union of the Two Truths beyond all extremes & middle [U2T] /
the inseparable three pure kayas (trikaya) / the true Buddha (Tathagata).]

[EVERYTHING IS PURE SPONTANEOUS NATURAL MANIFESTATIONS INSEPARABLE FROM
THE PRISTINE GROUND / SUCHNESS / REALITY AS IT IS / U2T.]
“I do not actually see any phenomenon whatsoever that is not the limit of reality .”
“All phenomena abide only as the limit of reality.”
“It is impossible to abandon whatever is the nature of these phenomena.”
“In that realm there are no distinctions (opposition / duality).”
“Within the realm of phenomena,
all those phenomena that have different names cannot be distinctly labeled.”
“I do not see anything distinct from the world’s  realm of phenomena.”
“I do not actually see any phenomena that are not the realm of phenomena.”
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“Buddhahood is a term for the realm of phenomena / Ground.”
“The attributes of a buddha, such as the powers, fearlessnesses, and the unique attributes,
are also nothing but the realm of phenomena / Ground.”
“All dharmas are the inexpressible / awakening.”
“All phenomena are the object of the thus-gone ones.”
“The so-called realm of phenomena is also called a worthy one.”
“A worthy one is therefore not other than the realm of phenomena / Ground.”
“All phenomena are equal to the Buddha, the great leader.”

“About samsara, the self and all defilements, the world,
it is impossible to reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / stop what is inseparable from
the non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / Reality as it is / the true Buddha.”
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Awakening is not about accepting / seeking this, while rejecting / abandoning that in absolute terms.
It is about realising the inconceivable unique true nature & dynamic of Reality as it is, of all dharmas:
“The Blessed One has fully understood that
all phenomena [T1] are devoid of an inherent nature [T2] [U2T].”

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_[“I see everything in the ten directions as the true compassionate Buddha(s),_
____as infinite inter-connected wish fulfilling Jewels teaching the Dharma.”]___
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SUMMARY

While residing at Vulture Peak Mountain with a large community of monks, the Buddha is visited by the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī. The sūtra unfolds as a series of exchanges between the Buddha, Mañjuśrī, and the monk Śāriputra,
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elucidating a profound vision of reality [as it is]
as undifferentiated, non-dual, and all-pervasive.
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(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

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[i.e. Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM]:
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All dharmas / opposites – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral;
body / physical, speech / conceptual, mind / mental fabrications;
subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana –
are unceasing spontaneous natural pristine manifestations of, and inseparable from,
the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned
unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu /
Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is:
– the Union of the Two Truths [U2T],
– the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S],
– the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp],
– the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T],
– the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM],
– the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom.
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All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like a
Union of being empty of inherent existence [T2]
<==> because of being conventionally dependently co-arise (interdependent)
relatively functional ever-changing impermanent
appearances / tools / adapted skillful means / antidotes / counterpoints [T1],
merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S].
And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with
the other (<==>) [U2T].
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All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are
like space, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’
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All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are
not existent / arisen / changing / functional / ceasing,
  not non-existent / non-arisen / non-changing / non-functional / non-ceasing,
  not both together, not neither;
not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated,
  not both together, not neither;
not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual,
  not both together, not neither;
not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is.

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There are no real three stages of becoming
for any of those manifestations, and for the Ground also, – origination / coming,
duration / change / increase / decrease / defilement / purification / functionality,
cessation / going – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
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So, in those manifestations, and in the Ground also, there is
nothing to accept / reject / change / increase / decrease / defile / purify /
differentiate / mark / label / perceive / know / apprehend / complete / perfect /
transcend / transmute / liberate / awaken / do or not-do
in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
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All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, can be directly perceived as
primordially spontaneous, timeless, limitless, equal, pure, perfect,
divine, complete, free, enlightened, the inseparable three pure kayas,
the true Buddha – in the non-dual sense of those terms: not 'this', not 'non-this' ....]
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INTRODUCTION

While the Buddha is residing on Vulture Peak Mountain near Rājagṛha with a large group of monks, the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī comes to see him. The bodhisattva inquires about the meditative absorption from which the Buddha has just arisen, and the Buddha responds that the absorption is known as infinite jewels. The sūtra then unfolds as a dialogue between the Buddha and Mañjuśrī on the nature and significance of the absorption, with an additional series of exchanges on this topic with the Buddha’s eminent monk-disciple Śāriputra.

Because the text conveys a profound view of reality, it is fitting that the Buddha's primary interlocutor is the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī, who epitomizes wisdom in the Great Vehicle tradition.
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The perspective of profound wisdom is elucidated through the exploration of
a pair of key terms: limit of reality (Skt. bhūtakoṭi) and realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]

[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

These terms are meant to indicate (point to]
the way things are on the level of ultimate reality [the Ground],
and in this sūtra they are treated as synonyms.

The term “limit of reality” [Ground] appears in a number of sūtras,
and frequently in the Perfection of Wisdom literature.
It stands for ultimate truth and, therefore,
is synonymous with reality (dharmatā) and suchness (tathatā).

(Note: ‘Emptiness’ free from all extremes and middle = the ‘Union of the Two Truths’ free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. Then it is called ‘Genuine-emptiness’ in opposition to ‘mere-emptiness’. It is the true nature of Reality as it is free from all extremes & middle, the ‘Buddha-nature’, the ‘Ground’.)

While this appears to be the main significance of the term, it can also refer to the awakened experience of the ultimate, or even to the quiescent state of a worthy one (arhat) to be avoided by bodhisattvas who vow to remain in cyclic existence as long as suffering beings remain.

In the present sūtra, the equation between
the ultimate and the limit of reality is repeatedly confirmed.
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In the final exchange concerning this term, we are told that
it is not actually a [spatial or temporal] limit, per se.
In general, a limit must be localizable, but since the limit of reality [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]
transcends location
[transcends all description / conceptualisation, causality / production / laws, from / matter-energy, space & time],
it is not truly a [spatial or temporal] limit in the ordinary sense of the word.

The discussion regarding the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]
focuses on the fact that
distinctions and designations are mere imputations [T1 - dependent origination & relative functionality]
having no ultimate, independent existence [T2 - emptiness] [U2T - Union of the Two Truths].

(i.e. The Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas [U2T]: All dharmas – including all apparent opposites, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground and its manifestations – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

According to this sūtra, in the context of the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata],
one cannot speak meaningfully of
the traits of ordinary beings (impurity) as distinct from those of buddhas (purity),
or of distinct psycho-physical aggregates that make up persons (5 aggregates / karma),
or of defilements or heinous acts (impurities)
that can be isolated and identified
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].

(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

Instead, the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata],
is described as non-dual (i.e. not multiple / dual, not one / non-dual, …),
and notions of birth, death, transmigration, pollution, and purification [T1] are moot [T2] [U2T].

(i.e. There are no real three stages of becoming / three times for anything / any being / any relation / action:
– i. dependent origination / beginning / birth / before / past,
ii. duration / middle / life / change / evolution / abiding or going forth / rebirths / during / present,
iii. cessation / ending / death / elimination / stopping / after / future – or liberation / nirvana extinction of the five aggregates / awakening;
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
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(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites like the three stages of becoming [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, ignorance vs. wisdom, the three stages of becoming, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

Thus, it is mainly by way of commentary on
the terms limit of reality and realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
that the sūtra seeks to convey the profound nature of the ultimate [U2T].

[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

The discourse ends with a praise of these teachings
and a description of the benefits that result from engaging with them.

A key challenge of translation is that frequently there does not exist a single term in the target language that embodies the range of meaning of a particular term in the source language. Such is the case with the Sanskrit koṭi, which appears both in the title, Ratnakoṭi, and in bhūtakoṭi, the limit of reality [Ground].

Koṭi can mean limit, end, apex, point, highest point, eminence, or excellence. It can also refer to the number ten million. Thus, the title of our sūtra could be translated in a number of ways. We have chosen “Infinite Jewels” for two reasons.
– The first is to be found in the Buddha’s own explanation of the title of this sūtra, which refers to a particular meditative absorption entered by the Buddha. When Mañjuśrī asks why the absorption is so named, the Buddha likens it to an unblemished jewel. When such a jewel is placed on an even surface, there appear untold millions of other “jewels” surrounding it (presumably due to light refracting in the facets of the jewel).
– Secondly, the Mahāvyutpatti, the seminal list of Sanskrit – Tibetan terminological equivalents, renders ratnakoṭir nāma samādhiḥ as rin chen mtha’ yas zhes bya ba’i ting nge ’dzin, “the meditative absorption called infinite jewels.”

While there is no known Sanskrit manuscript of this sūtra, it does exist in Chinese and Tibetan translations. There are two Chinese translations: 入法界體性經 (Ru fajie tixing jing, Taishō 355) and 寶積三昧文殊師利菩薩問法身經 (Baoji sanmei wenshushili pusa wen fashen jing, Taishō 356). The former (Taishō 355) was produced by the Gandhāran monk Jñānagupta (523–c. 600 ᴄᴇ) sometime in the late sixth century ᴄᴇ during his stay in the Chinese capital of Chang’an. The latter translation (Taishō 356) is a much earlier work attributed to the translator An Shigao (second century ᴄᴇ). However, Karashima has argued that An Shigao might not be the translator of this sūtra and has instead proposed that the translation may have been done by another early translator, the Gandhāran monk Lokakṣema (147–? ᴄᴇ). In any case, it seems certain that the sūtra was already in circulation in China by the second century ᴄᴇ, which makes it a very early sūtra within the literary corpus of the Great Vehicle.

According to the colophon of the Tibetan translation, Infinite Jewels was translated from Sanskrit to Tibetan by the Indian preceptor Prajñāvarman and the Tibetan translator Yeshé Dé, and thus can be dated to the early ninth century ᴄᴇ, a dating that is also attested by the text’s inclusion in the early ninth-century Denkarma (ldan dkar ma) inventory of translations into Tibetan. The present translation was prepared based on the Tibetan translation in the Degé Kangyur in consultation with the Comparative Edition (Tib. dpe bsdur ma).


THE TRANSLATION

[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

[A. Mañjuśrī]

[A.1 The absorption called ‘Infinite jewels’:]

Homage to all buddhas and bodhisattvas!

Thus did I hear at one time. The Blessed One was dwelling on Vulture Peak Mountain near Rājagṛha, together with a great saṅgha of five hundred monks. At dusk Youthful Mañjuśrī went to the Blessed One’s residence, stood at the door, and praised the Blessed One. At that time, the Blessed One was resting in equipoise in the absorption known as infinite jewels. Mindful and alert, the Blessed One then arose from that absorption. He saw that Youthful Mañjuśrī was at the door and said, “Please come inside, Mañjuśrī.”

“Very well, Blessed One, very well,” replied Youthful Mañjuśrī, and, heeding the Blessed One’s words, he went before the Blessed One. He prostrated, placing his head at the Blessed One’s feet, and stood to one side. The Blessed One gave Youthful Mañjuśrī permission to sit, and, with the Blessed One’s permission, Youthful Mañjuśrī bowed with palms joined and then sat to one side of the Blessed One.

Sitting to one side, Youthful Mañjuśrī asked the Blessed One,
“What was the absorption from which you just arose, Blessed One?”

“Mañjuśrī, there is an absorption called infinite jewels,” replied the Blessed One to Youthful Mañjuśrī. “That is the absorption from which I just arose.”

“Blessed One, why is it called infinite jewels?

The Blessed One responded, “Mañjuśrī, take as an analogy an exceedingly pure and well-polished precious jewel. If it is placed on level ground, then wherever it is placed, there will be untold millions of jewels. In the same way,
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Mañjuśrī, when I remain in this absorption and look to the east,
I see thus-gone ones, worthy ones, perfect buddhas [Infinite Jewels]
abiding and teaching the Dharma in countless, innumerable world systems.
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It is the same to the south, west, north, below, and above.
When I look in the ten directions,
I see thus-gone ones, worthy ones, perfect buddhas [Infinite Jewels]
abiding and teaching the Dharma in boundless world systems.

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2T — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.))

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_[i.e. “I see everything in the ten directions as the true compassionate Buddha(s),_
______as infinite inter-connected wish fulfilling Jewels teaching the Dharma.”]_____
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[A.2 Everything – pure, impure or neutral – is manifestations of the Ground / Realm of phenomena / LImit of reality / Reality as it is / [U2T] / true Buddha:]

Remaining in this absorption, Mañjuśrī,
I do not actually see any phenomenon whatsoever [pure, impure, neutral]
that is not the limit of reality [Ground / U2T].

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
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[i.e. Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM]:
All dharmas / opposites – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral; body / physical, speech / conceptual,
mind / mental fabrications; subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana – are unceasing spontaneous natural pristine manifestations of, and inseparable from, the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom.
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like a Union of being empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being conventionally dependently co-arise (interdependent) relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances / tools / adapted skillful means / antidotes / counterpoints [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with the other (<==>) [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like space, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are not existent / arisen / changing / functional / ceasing, not non-existent / non-arisen / non-changing / non-functional / non-ceasing, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither – for whatever ‘this’ is.
There are no real three stages of becoming for any of those manifestations, and for the Ground also, – dependent origination / coming, duration / change / increase / decrease / defilement / purification / functionality, cessation / going / elimination / stopping / extinction – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
So, in those manifestations, and in the Ground also, there is nothing to accept / reject / change / increase / decrease / defile / purify / differentiate / mark / label / perceive / know / apprehend / complete / perfect / transcend / transmute / liberate / awaken / do or not-do in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, can be directly perceived as primordially spontaneous, timeless, limitless, equal, pure, perfect, divine, complete, free, enlightened, the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha – in the non-dual sense of those terms: not 'this', not 'non-this' ....]
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Mañjuśrī, I posit this seal of the limit of reality [Ground / U2T] as my seal.

[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

Faithful noble sons and daughters who engage in this seal will gain uninterrupted eloquence.”

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[A.3 The analogy of the multiple facets of a precious Jewel:]

“Blessed One, I have something to say. Well-Gone One, I have something to say.”

“Then speak, Mañjuśrī.”

“Blessed One, take as an analogy that very same precious jewel.
Whatever facet it is set down upon, it will rest on precisely that facet of the precious jewel.

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(i.e. Analogy: It is the same precious Jewel / Ground / Limit of reality / Realm of phenomena /
Suchness / True nature as it is / Union of the Two Truths / True Buddha / Tathagata / Wisdom
that has many facets / manifestations / emanations / appearances.
But the facets / manifestations are inseparable from the Jewel / Ground;
They are the Jewel / Ground.
So we cannot reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / stop / subtract / differentiate
those appearances / manifestations / facets (desiring some, hating others, indifferent to the rest),
because we cannot reject / differentiate … the inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless true nature & dynamic of Reality as it is.)
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(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

Blessed One, in the same way,
all phenomena [dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral]
abide only as the limit of reality [Ground / U2T].”

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
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[i.e. Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM]:
All dharmas / opposites – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral; body / physical, speech / conceptual,
mind / mental fabrications; subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana – are unceasing spontaneous natural pristine manifestations of, and inseparable from, the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom.
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like a Union of being empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being conventionally dependently co-arise (interdependent) relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances / tools / adapted skillful means / antidotes / counterpoints [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with the other (<==>) [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like space, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are not existent / arisen / changing / functional / ceasing, not non-existent / non-arisen / non-changing / non-functional / non-ceasing, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither – for whatever ‘this’ is.
There are no real three stages of becoming for any of those manifestations, and for the Ground also, – dependent dependent origination / coming, duration / change / increase / decrease / defilement / purification / functionality, cessation / going / elimination / stopping / extinction / elimination / stopping / extinction – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
So, in those manifestations, and in the Ground also, there is nothing to accept / reject / change / increase / decrease / defile / purify / differentiate / mark / label / perceive / know / apprehend / complete / perfect / transcend / transmute / liberate / awaken / do or not-do in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, can be directly perceived as primordially spontaneous, timeless, limitless, equal, pure, perfect, divine, complete, free, enlightened, the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha – in the non-dual sense of those terms: not 'this', not 'non-this' ....]
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[A.4 The Limit of reality is not a spatial or temporal limit;
it is the unique true nature & dynamic of all dharmas [U2T]:]

“Mañjuśrī, do you know the limit of reality [Ground / U2T]?”

[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

“I do, Blessed One.”

“Well then, Mañjuśrī, where is the limit of reality [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]?”

“Blessed One,
the limit of reality [Ground / U2T]
is wherever my limit is.

The limit of reality [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]
is wherever the phenomena of ordinary beings are not.
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The limit of reality [Ground / U2T] is not karma or ripening
but only the limit of all phenomena [suchness / true nature]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata].

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

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[A.5 True liberation is transcending the ‘objective world’; transcending the duality of subject / mind vs. object / phenomena without falling into any extreme or middle. It is entering Reality as it is, the Realm of phenomena, the Limit of reality, the Ground, the Union of the Two Truths [U2T]. It is not about rejecting / negating / abandoning / eliminating / stopping / extinguishing something (samsara), while seeking nirvana. It is not about reducing everything to one extreme or another:]

Blessed One,
those who have such conviction [T1]
are not liberated from anything at all [T2] [U2T].
Those who are not liberated from anything at all [T2]
are liberated from being mistaken [T1].
Those who are liberated from being mistaken are truly liberated [awakened].

(i.e. Truly liberated: liberated / awakened without being liberated / awakened
– not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively;
without apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / rejecting / changing anything
– not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

Those who are truly liberated [awakened]
have entered what is NOT an objective world  [reality as it is] [U2T / U3S / U2T-3S].
Those who have entered what is not an objective world
have entered into Reality [as it is] [Suchness / U2T / U3S / Uopp / U2T-2T / UGM / Primordial Purity].

[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

And why?
Blessed One, when one thinks, ‘It is not an objective world,’
then one has already made it an objective world
(i.e. Not accepting or rejecting the world by affirming its existence or complete non-existence; not reducing everything to phenomena-only, not to mind-only, not to relations/ processes-only, not to a combination of them, not to none of them).
It is on account of that that we label it
NOT an objective world [reality as it is] [U2T / U3S / U2T-3S]
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].”

(i.e. Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S]: The three spheres of any relation / action – ex. subject / mind, relation / action, object / phenomena / world – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

“Mañjuśrī, what does NOT an objective world refer to?”

“Blessed One, not an objective world [U3S] refers to
the limit of reality [reality as it is] [Ground / U2T]
[the Ground, ex. the inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S].”

(i.e. It, the Ground / Reality as it is, is not something existing objectively, inherently, independently of the subject(s) perceiving / knowing it. It is not an object of ordinary dualistic conceptual knowledge. It is ‘inconceivable’ for our flawed dualistic conceptual conditioned ordinary mind(s). It has to be spontaneously personally non-dualistically non-conceptually directly perceived / realised / experienced.)

[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

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[A.6 Cultivating the path refers to not cultivating a path – with its concepts, views, methods, practices, goals – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Thus acting without acting, acting without apprehending / opposing anything in absolute terms, acting more and more in accord with the two inseparable aspects of Reality as it is, more and more in accord with the Union of the Two Truths [U2T]:]

“Mañjuśrī, what does cultivating the path refer to?”

“Blessed One, cultivating the path refers to NOT cultivating the path.”
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]]

(i.e. It is acting / practicing without acting / practicing in absolute terms, without apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / rejecting / changing / purifying / freeing / awakening anything in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Thus acting / practicing more and more in accord with the two inseparable aspects of Reality as it is, more and more in accord with the inconceivable Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T].)
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(i.e. The Middle Way in everything – free from all extremes & middle –: not acting / perceiving / knowing / apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / seeking / rejecting / abandoning / changing / improving / purifying anything – pure or impure or neutralnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Instead, what we need to do is to be mindful  here & now, to observe directly their coming & going, and to directly perceive / realise / experience their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U23T-2T / UGM …].)
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(i.e. Path: Union of virtuous methods / adapted skillful means <==> and wisdom / emptiness: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

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[A.7 The path is the Middle Way free from all extremes & middle: not accepting / seeking anything, not rejecting / abandoning / eliminating / stopping anything, not changing anything — not in absolute terms [T2],  just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Not even the self, not the world, not the three poisons and all other defilements, not even the karmic cycle. Because it is impossible to accept / reject / change what is the Ground / Reality as it is / the true Buddha / U2T; because it is unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, like a precious indestructible jewel / vajra:]

“Mañjuśrī, how do you teach the Dharma to noble sons and daughters who are beginners?”

“Blessed One, I teach the Dharma to noble sons and daughters who are beginners by teaching that
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the composite person [the five aggregates / three spheres: self, karma, world]
should not be discarded [rejected / abandoned / eliminated / stopped].
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
(– Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas / opposites / three spheres …;
– Because all dharmas are manifestations inseparable from the Ground; they are the Non-dual Ground;
– Because there is nothing to reject / exhaust / extinguish / reject / abandon / eliminate / stop,
  or accept / seek / cultivate / perceive / know / actualise, or change / improve / purify …
  not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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(i.e. The Middle Way in everything – free from all extremes & middle –: not acting / perceiving / knowing / apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / seeking / rejecting / abandoning / changing / improving / purifying anything – pure or impure or neutralnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Instead, what we need to do is to be mindful  here & now, to observe directly their coming & going, and to directly perceive / realise / experience their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U23T-2T / UGM …].)
.
(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

When I teach the Dharma, I teach that
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attachment, aversion, and delusion – and all other defilements –
are not to be abandoned [rejected / abandoned / eliminated / stopped].
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
(– Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas / opposites / three spheres …;
– Because all dharmas are manifestations inseparable from the Ground; they are the Non-dual Ground;
– Because there is nothing to reject / exhaust / extinguish / reject / abandon / eliminate / stop,
  or accept / seek / cultivate / perceive / know / actualise, or change / improve / purify …
  not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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(i.e. In this less-absolutist less-dualistic Mahayana path, what is usually considered unwholesome / impure in the disciple’s path – ex. the self, the three poisons, defilements, the conventional / relative, samsara – is not to be rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / stopped / subtracted / not-done / changed / purified in absolute terms, because it is also the non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / Reality as it is / true Buddha.)
.
(i.e. The Middle Way in everything – free from all extremes & middle –: not acting / perceiving / knowing / apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / seeking / rejecting / abandoning / changing / improving / purifying anything – pure or impure or neutralnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Instead, what we need to do is to be mindful  here & now, to observe directly their coming & going, and to directly perceive / realise / experience their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U23T-2T / UGM …].)
.
(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

Why is this?
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Because, Blessed One,
it is impossible to abandon [reject / abandon / eliminate / stop] whatever is
[manifestations / facets of] the nature of these phenomena [Ground / Jewel].
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
(– Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas / opposites / three spheres …;
– Because all dharmas are manifestations inseparable from the Ground; they are the Non-dual Ground;
– Because there is nothing to reject / exhaust / extinguish / reject / abandon / eliminate / stop,
  or accept / seek / cultivate / perceive / know / actualise, or change / improve / purify …
  not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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(i.e. The Middle Way in everything – free from all extremes & middle –: not acting / perceiving / knowing / apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / seeking / rejecting / abandoning / changing / improving / purifying anything – pure or impure or neutralnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Instead, what we need to do is to be mindful  here & now, to observe directly their coming & going, and to directly perceive / realise / experience their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U23T-2T / UGM …].)
.
(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
.
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[i.e. Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM]:
All dharmas / opposites – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral; body / physical, speech / conceptual,
mind / mental fabrications; subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana – are unceasing spontaneous natural pristine manifestations of, and inseparable from, the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom.
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like a Union of being empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being conventionally dependently co-arise (interdependent) relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances / tools / adapted skillful means / antidotes / counterpoints [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with the other (<==>) [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like space, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are not existent / arisen / changing / functional / ceasing, not non-existent / non-arisen / non-changing / non-functional / non-ceasing, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither – for whatever ‘this’ is.
There are no real three stages of becoming for any of those manifestations, and for the Ground also, – dependent origination / coming, duration / change / increase / decrease / defilement / purification / functionality, cessation / going / elimination / stopping / extinction – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
So, in those manifestations, and in the Ground also, there is nothing to accept / reject / change / increase / decrease / defile / purify / differentiate / mark / label / perceive / know / apprehend / complete / perfect / transcend / transmute / liberate / awaken / do or not-do in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, can be directly perceived as primordially spontaneous, timeless, limitless, equal, pure, perfect, divine, complete, free, enlightened, the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha – in the non-dual sense of those terms: not 'this', not 'non-this' ....]
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Rather, Blessed One, to noble sons and daughters who are beginners
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I teach that, in a manner free from clinging [to anything in absolute terms;
not teaching to accept this, while rejecting that, in absolute terms],
the Buddha’s attributes (subject) are not to be taken up or actualized [accepted / sought],
and the attributes of ordinary beings (object) should not be grasped or abandoned
[accepted or rejected].
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
(– Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas / opposites / three spheres …;
– Because all dharmas are manifestations inseparable from the Ground; they are the Non-dual Ground;
– Because there is nothing to reject / exhaust / extinguish / reject / abandon / eliminate / stop,
  or accept / seek / cultivate / perceive / know / actualise, or change / improve / purify …
  not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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(i.e. The Middle Way in everything – free from all extremes & middle –: not acting / perceiving / knowing / apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / seeking / rejecting / abandoning / changing / improving / purifying anything – pure or impure or neutralnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Instead, what we need to do is to be mindful  here & now, to observe directly their coming & going, and to directly perceive / realise / experience their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U23T-2T / UGM …].)
.
(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

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[A.8 There is no possible apprehension / opposition / differentiation in absolute terms, because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas (pure, impure, or neutral) – ex. There are no real origination, duration / change / functionality / acceptation / rejection, cessation of anything in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T] –. And because all dharmas are inseparable / indiscernible facets of the unique pure Jewel / Ground / Buddha.]

Blessed One, how do you teach the Dharma to those who are beginners?”

“Mañjuśrī, I teach the Dharma whereby
form (i.e. the five aggregates) [T1]
does not disintegrate (no real cessation) and is unborn (no real dependent origination)
(and no real duration / evolution / change / functionality) [T2] [U2T].
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
(– Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas / opposites / three spheres …;
– Because all dharmas are manifestations inseparable from the Ground; they are the Non-dual Ground;
– Because there is nothing to reject / exhaust / extinguish / reject / abandon / eliminate / stop,
  or accept / seek / cultivate / perceive / know / actualise, or change / improve / purify …
  not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
.
I teach that
feelings, perceptions, and formations, as well as consciousness (i.e. the five aggregates) [T1],
do not disintegrate (no real cessation) and are unborn (no real dependent origination)
(and no real duration / evolution / change / functionality) [T2] [U2T].
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
(– Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas / opposites / three spheres …;
– Because all dharmas are manifestations inseparable from the Ground; they are the Non-dual Ground;
– Because there is nothing to reject / exhaust / extinguish / reject / abandon / eliminate / stop,
  or accept / seek / cultivate / perceive / know / actualise, or change / improve / purify …
  not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

(i.e. The Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas [U2T]: All dharmas – including all apparent opposites, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground and its manifestations – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
.
(i.e. There are no real three stages of becoming / three times for anything / any being / any relation / action:
– i. dependent origination / beginning / birth / before / past,
ii. duration / middle / life / change / evolution / abiding or going forth / rebirths / during / present,
iii. cessation / ending / death / elimination / stopping / after / future – or liberation / nirvana extinction of the five aggregates / awakening;
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites like the three stages of becoming [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, ignorance vs. wisdom, the three stages of becoming, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

I teach the Dharma whereby
attachment, aversion, and delusion (i.e the three poisons and all other defilements, the world) [T1]
do not disintegrate (no real cessation) and are unborn (no real dependent origination)
(and no real duration / evolution / change / functionality) ) [T2] [U2T],
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
(so they cannot be rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / stopped /
subtracted / not-done in absolute terms.)
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]]
(– Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas / opposites / three spheres …;
– Because all dharmas are manifestations inseparable from the Ground; they are the Non-dual Ground;
– Because there is nothing to reject / exhaust / extinguish / reject / abandon / eliminate / stop,
  or accept / seek / cultivate / perceive / know / actualise, or change / improve / purify …
  not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
.
and I also teach that the inconceivable attributes [T1] are unattainable [T2] [U2T].”
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
(so they cannot be accepted / affirmed / sought / added / done in absolute terms.)
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]]
(– Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas / opposites / three spheres …;
– Because all dharmas are manifestations inseparable from the Ground; they are the Non-dual Ground;
– Because there is nothing to reject / exhaust / extinguish / reject / abandon / eliminate / stop,
  or accept / seek / cultivate / perceive / know / actualise, or change / improve / purify …
  not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

It is in this way, without destroying (not rejecting / negating / abandoning / eliminating / stopping …)
or producing (not accepting / affirming / seeking …) (not changing / improving / purifying)
any attribute whatsoever [pure, impure or neutral]
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]],
that I awakened to unsurpassed and perfect buddhahood
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].

(i.e. Awakening without awakening in absolute terms, without apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / rejecting / changing / purifying / freeing / awakening anything in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. The Middle Way in everything. No real person is really reborn or awakening to a real realm of phenomena / Ground. Everything is the realm of phenomena / Ground, everything is primordially pure / awakening / the true Buddha; not many, not one, not both together, not neither.)
.
(i.e. The Middle Way in everything – free from all extremes & middle –: not acting / perceiving / knowing / apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / seeking / rejecting / abandoning / changing / improving / purifying anything – pure or impure or neutralnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Instead, what we need to do is to be mindful  here & now, to observe directly their coming & going, and to directly perceive / realise / experience their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U23T-2T / UGM …].)

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[A.9 Everything – pure, impure, or neutral – is/are inseparable / indiscernible manifestations of the pristine Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality / true Buddha / Union of the Two Truths; like indiscernible facets of a unique Pure Jewel.]

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Mañjuśrī, buddhahood [awakening]
is a term for the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T].
(i.e. All dharmas / manifestations are awakening / the true Buddha / the Ground.)
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[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

One should understand that
the attributes of a buddha, such as the powers, fearlessnesses, and the unique attributes,
are also nothing but [manifestations of] the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata].
(i.e. All dharmas / manifestations are awakening / the true Buddha / the Ground.)

With regard to the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]
I do not see any distinct attributes of ordinary beings, worthy ones, solitary buddhas, or buddhas.
(i.e. The realm of phenomena / Ground is non-dual.)

How is this so?
Mañjuśrī, in that realm [Ground / U2T]
[The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]
there are no distinctions [relations / oppositions / dualities]
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]];
such is the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T].
The realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T] is an unadulterated realm.
[i.e. Unadulterated: pristine, not conditioned, not mixed or diluted with any different or extra elements;
complete and absolute]

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

(i.e. The Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas [U2T]: All dharmas – including all apparent opposites, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground and its manifestations – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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(i.e. Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S]: The three spheres of any relation / action – ex. subject / mind, relation / action, object / phenomena – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
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[i.e. Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM]:
All dharmas / opposites – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral; body / physical, speech / conceptual,
mind / mental fabrications; subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana – are unceasing spontaneous natural pristine manifestations of, and inseparable from, the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom.
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like a Union of being empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being conventionally dependently co-arise (interdependent) relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances / tools / adapted skillful means / antidotes / counterpoints [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with the other (<==>) [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like space, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are not existent / arisen / changing / functional / ceasing, not non-existent / non-arisen / non-changing / non-functional / non-ceasing, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither – for whatever ‘this’ is.
There are no real three stages of becoming for any of those manifestations, and for the Ground also, – dependent origination / coming, duration / change / increase / decrease / defilement / purification / functionality, cessation / going / elimination / stopping / extinction – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
So, in those manifestations, and in the Ground also, there is nothing to accept / reject / change / increase / decrease / defile / purify / differentiate / mark / label / perceive / know / apprehend / complete / perfect / transcend / transmute / liberate / awaken / do or not-do in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, can be directly perceived as primordially spontaneous, timeless, limitless, equal, pure, perfect, divine, complete, free, enlightened, the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha – in the non-dual sense of those terms: not 'this', not 'non-this' ....]
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[A.10 Analogies:]

  • “As an analogy, Mañjuśrī, consider rivers that have distinct names, colors, and waters.
    When they flow into the ocean it becomes impossible to differentiate them or identify them,
    saying, ‘This is the Ganges,’ ‘This is the Sītā,’ or ‘This is the Yamunā.’
    .
    Similarly, Mañjuśrī, within the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
    [The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata],
    all those phenomena that have different names [T1] cannot be distinctly labeled [T2] [U2T]
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]],
    saying, ‘These are the attributes of ordinary beings,
    and here are those of the hearers, solitary buddhas, bodhisattvas, and buddhas.’

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

  • “Mañjuśrī, consider this analogy.
    If you have different heaps of grain, you can label them,
    saying, ‘This is a heap of such-and-such a grain, and this is such-and-such.’
    .
    However, within the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
    [The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]
    you cannot make such distinctions
    and point out the individual attributes of ordinary beings, hearers,
    solitary buddhas, bodhisattvas, and buddhas
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

  • “Mañjuśrī, consider this analogy. If you have different heaps of grain, you can label them,
    saying, ‘This is a heap of such-and-such a grain, and this is such-and-such.’
    .
    However, within the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
    [The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]
    you cannot make such distinctions,
    saying, ‘These are the attributes of ordinary beings, these are the attributes of worthy ones, these are the attributes of solitary buddhas, these are the attributes of bodhisattvas, and these are the attributes of buddhas.’
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]]

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

  • It cannot be pointed out or labeled, as by saying,
    ‘This is the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T];
    this is where it is’ or ‘It is in such-and-such a location.’
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]]

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

And why not?
Because the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
cannot be seen and cannot be shown [T2].
It is not something that can be labeled [T2];
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]]
it is beyond being labeled [or not labeled, beyond being conceivable or inconceivable].

  • “I have taught that
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    beings [all manifestations / facets, pure, impure or neutral]
    are this realm [Ground / Jewel].
    (i.e. So it is not about accepting this while rejecting that;
    it is about directly realising the inconceivable true nature & dynamic of Reality as it is here & now [U2T].)
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(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

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[A.11 The example of the acts of immediate retribution – They are also inseparable / indiscernible facets of the unique pristine Jewel / Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality / true Buddha / U2T.]

[Example:] If one commits an act of immediate retribution
yet has conviction in this teaching and understands that
acts of immediate retribution (impure manifestations)
are also this realm [Ground / U2T],
then one will not become defiled.

(i.e. Wisdom purifies all conditioning / karma. No need to accept this while rejecting that in absolute terms. But a person with this kind of wisdom would not commit an act of immediate retribution – because he/she knows enough.)

And why not?
Because, Mañjuśrī,
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the acts of immediate retribution (impure manifestations)
are equivalent to [in Union with]
the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T] [UGM].
In this way,
the realm of the acts of immediate retribution (impure manifestations)
and the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
are non-dual and inseparable [in Union].
(i.e. UGM: Manifestations and Ground are not different / separate / multiple / dual,
not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither)
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(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
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[i.e. Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM]:
All dharmas / opposites – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral; body / physical, speech / conceptual,
mind / mental fabrications; subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana – are unceasing spontaneous natural pristine manifestations of, and inseparable from, the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom.
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like a Union of being empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being conventionally dependently co-arise (interdependent) relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances / tools / adapted skillful means / antidotes / counterpoints [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with the other (<==>) [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like space, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are not existent / arisen / changing / functional / ceasing, not non-existent / non-arisen / non-changing / non-functional / non-ceasing, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither – for whatever ‘this’ is.
There are no real three stages of becoming for any of those manifestations, and for the Ground also, – dependent origination / coming, duration / change / increase / decrease / defilement / purification / functionality, cessation / going / elimination / stopping / extinction – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
So, in those manifestations, and in the Ground also, there is nothing to accept / reject / change / increase / decrease / defile / purify / differentiate / mark / label / perceive / know / apprehend / complete / perfect / transcend / transmute / liberate / awaken / do or not-do in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, can be directly perceived as primordially spontaneous, timeless, limitless, equal, pure, perfect, divine, complete, free, enlightened, the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha – in the non-dual sense of those terms: not 'this', not 'non-this' ....]
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[A.12 There are no real distinct subject / actor / goer, relation / action / going forth / rebirths in the six realms, objects / results / stages and ultimate destination / liberation – not in absolute terms [T2],  just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are also inseparable / indiscernible facets of the unique pristine Jewel / Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality / true Buddha / U2T.]

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Here, coming (dependent origination), going (cessation / elimination / stopping / extinction), or appearing (existence / change) [T1]
are not apprehended [in absolute terms] [T2] [U2T]
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].”
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(i.e. There are no real three stages of becoming / three times for anything / any being / any relation / action:
– i. dependent origination / beginning / birth / before / past,
ii. duration / middle / life / change / evolution / abiding or going forth / rebirths / during / present,
iii. cessation / ending / death / elimination / stopping / after / future – or liberation / nirvana extinction of the five aggregates / awakening;
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites like the three stages of becoming [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, ignorance vs. wisdom, the three stages of becoming, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
.
(i.e. Union of the three spheres of going [U3S-going / U2T-3S-going]: The three spheres of any relation / action – ex. subject / actor / goer, relation / action / going, object / result / destination – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)


Then Youthful Mañjuśrī said to the Blessed One, “Blessed One,
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I also do not see the realm of phenomena [the Ground or any manifestations of the Ground ]
going to [ / having rebirths in] the lower realms, the higher realms,
or [being liberated in] nirvāṇa
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].”
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(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

(i.e. No real subject / person / self is having rebirths in the six realms of samsara,
or is being liberated in nirvana;
there are no real subject / goer, relation / action / going, object / result / destination
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. There are no real three stages of becoming / three times for anything / any being / any relation / action:
– i. dependent origination / beginning / birth / before / past,
ii. duration / middle / life / change / evolution / abiding or going forth / rebirths / during / present,
iii. cessation / ending / death / elimination / stopping / after / future – or liberation / nirvana extinction of the five aggregates / awakening;
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites like the three stages of becoming [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, ignorance vs. wisdom, the three stages of becoming, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

“Mañjuśrī, suppose someone were to ask
how your teacher designates saṃsāra with its six classes of beings [the six realms of rebirth].
What would you answer?”

  • “Blessed One, if I were asked such a question this would be my reply:
    Consider the analogy of a sleeping person who in dreams sees hell beings, animal realms, lands of hungry ghosts, classes of asuras, gods, or people. Blessed One,
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    although the dreaming person sees myriad things [T1],
    all the myriad things dreamed are not there [T2] [U2T].
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    .
    In the same way,
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    although I teach distinct types of beings [T1] [and distinct types of realms, stages],
    it is impossible to designate distinct essences [T2]
    within the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
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    .
    That being so, Blessed One, that is how I would answer such a question.

(i.e. There are no real subject / person / self really having rebirths in real six realms of samsara,
or really being liberated in real nirvana;
there are no real subject / goer, relation / action / going, object / result / destination [U2T-3S-going]
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
.
(i.e. The Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas [U2T]: All dharmas – including all apparent opposites, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground and its manifestations – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
.
(i.e. Union of the three spheres of going [U3S-going / U2T-3S-going]: The three spheres of any relation / action – ex. subject / actor / goer, relation / action / going, object / result / destination – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
.
(i.e. There are no real three stages of becoming / three times for anything / any being / any relation / action:
– i. dependent origination / beginning / birth / before / past,
ii. duration / middle / life / change / evolution / abiding or going forth / rebirths / during / present,
iii. cessation / ending / death / elimination / stopping / after / future – or liberation / nirvana extinction of the five aggregates / awakening;
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)

  • “Similarly, Blessed One,
    the parinirvāṇa of the buddhas, bodhisattvas, solitary buddhas, and hearers [T1]
    cannot be distinctly [differentiated /] labeled (in absolute terms) [T2] [U2T]
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].

(i.e. No real subject / person / self is having rebirths in the six realms of samsara,
or is being liberated in nirvana;
there are no real subject / goer, relation / action / going, object / result / destination
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

  • Blessed One,
    their ways of abiding [T1]
    also cannot be distinctly [differentiated /] labeled (in absolute terms) [T2] [U2T]
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
    .
    And why not?
    Because they are not distinct from the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T] [UGM]
    [The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata].

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
.
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[i.e. Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM]:
All dharmas / opposites – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral; body / physical, speech / conceptual,
mind / mental fabrications; subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana – are unceasing spontaneous natural pristine manifestations of, and inseparable from, the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom.
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like a Union of being empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being conventionally dependently co-arise (interdependent) relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances / tools / adapted skillful means / antidotes / counterpoints [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with the other (<==>) [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like space, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are not existent / arisen / changing / functional / ceasing, not non-existent / non-arisen / non-changing / non-functional / non-ceasing, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither – for whatever ‘this’ is.
There are no real three stages of becoming for any of those manifestations, and for the Ground also, – dependent origination / coming, duration / change / increase / decrease / defilement / purification / functionality, cessation / going / elimination / stopping / extinction – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
So, in those manifestations, and in the Ground also, there is nothing to accept / reject / change / increase / decrease / defile / purify / differentiate / mark / label / perceive / know / apprehend / complete / perfect / transcend / transmute / liberate / awaken / do or not-do in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, can be directly perceived as primordially spontaneous, timeless, limitless, equal, pure, perfect, divine, complete, free, enlightened, the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha – in the non-dual sense of those terms: not 'this', not 'non-this' ....]
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  • To give an analogy, Blessed One, there are various precious substances in the sea‍ — conch shells, crystal, coral, and the like ‍— of lesser, middling, or superior quality. These can all be distinctly labeled, saying, ‘This is such-and-such precious substance; this is such-and-such precious substance.’
    .
    However, such distinct labeling [T1]
    cannot be applied (in absolute terms) to the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
    [The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata],
    where such labeled distinctions cannot be differentiated [T2] [U2T]
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)

  • Therein, death (cessation / elimination / stopping / extinction), transmigration (duration / evolution / change / functionality),
    and birth (dependent origination) [T1]
    cannot be distinctly [differentiated] labeled (in absolute terms) [T2] [U2T]
    [not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
    .
    Why is that?
    Because the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
    [The inconceivable unique non-dual all-pervasive timeless pristine Ground / U2T / Tathagata]
    is without death (cessation / elimination / stopping / extinction), transmigration (duration / evolution / change / functionality), birth (dependent origination),
    [dualities like:] pollution, and purification [about any dharma].

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
.
(i.e. There are no real three stages of becoming / three times for anything / any being / any relation / action:
– i. dependent origination / beginning / birth / before / past,
ii. duration / middle / life / change / evolution / abiding or going forth / rebirths / during / present,
iii. cessation / ending / death / elimination / stopping / after / future – or liberation / nirvana extinction of the five aggregates / awakening;
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites like the three stages of becoming [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, ignorance vs. wisdom, the three stages of becoming, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

The realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T] is not polluted.
The realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T] is not adulterated.
(i.e. In reality as it is, there are no real oppositions / relations / dualities
like good & bad, pure vs. impure, right & wrong
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)

Within the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
there are no attributes to be relinquished or generated (accepted or rejected).”

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
.
(i.e. The Middle Way in everything – free from all extremes & middle –: not acting / perceiving / knowing / apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / seeking / rejecting / abandoning / changing / improving / purifying anything – pure or impure or neutralnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Instead, what we need to do is to be mindful  here & now, to observe directly their coming & going, and to directly perceive / realise / experience their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U23T-2T / UGM …].)
.
(i.e. Teaching without teaching: The Middle Way free from all extremes & middle; nothing to accept / affirm / seek / add / do in absolute terms, nothing to reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / subtract / not-do in absolute terms, nothing to change / improve / purify in absolute terms, just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively if it helps someone get closer to the inconceivable liberating Truth [U2T].)

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[A.13 The true nature & dynamic of the world [U2T]. Everything in the world is also inseparable / indiscernible facets of the unique pristine Jewel / Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality / true Buddha / U2T. Union of the three spheres.]

Then the Blessed One, though he already knew, asked Youthful Mañjuśrī,
“Mañjuśrī, do you know the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]?”

[i.e. The Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality: The inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom. It is indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s); beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations, beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (physical, conceptual, mental; individual, collective / cosmic). So all analogies / descriptions / images about the Ground are necessarily imperfect; just pointers to the moon, not the moon itself.]

“If I were to apprehend it, I would know it.”
(i.e. It is not like an ordinary object of knowledge.)

“Mañjuśrī, do you know the world [objects] that is experienced [action] [by a subject]?”

“Blessed One, the world is merely that which is experienced
by people who are illusory apparitions [T1].
Blessed One, what is called world is no more than a mere name
[merely labeled / imputed by the mind].
Apart from that I do not see any world that can be pointed out [T2] [U2T],
or a world to experience
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].

(i.e. Union of the three spheres of perception / cognition [U3S / U2T-3S]: The three spheres of any relation / action – ex. subject / actor / perceiver / knower, relation / action / perception / cognition, object / result / perceived / known / world – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

I do not see anything (manifestations / appearances / facets) distinct from
the world’s  realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T / Tathagata].
And why not? Because there isn’t any.

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
.
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[i.e. Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM]:
All dharmas / opposites – good / pure, bad / impure, neutral; body / physical, speech / conceptual,
mind / mental fabrications; subject, relation / action, objects; individual, collective, cosmic; of samsara or nirvana – are unceasing spontaneous natural pristine manifestations of, and inseparable from, the inconceivable unique undifferentiated all-pervading timeless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine Ground / Basis / Source / Dharmata / Dharmadhātu / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Suchness / True nature & dynamic of Reality as it is: the Union of the Two Truths [U2T], the Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], the Non-duality / Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], the Union of the Two Truths about the two truths [U2T-2T], the Union of the Ground and its manifestations [UGM / U2T-GM], the true Buddha / Tathagata / Awareness / Wisdom.
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like a Union of being empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being conventionally dependently co-arise (interdependent) relatively functional ever-changing impermanent appearances / tools / adapted skillful means / antidotes / counterpoints [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with the other (<==>) [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are like space, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, are not existent / arisen / changing / functional / ceasing, not non-existent / non-arisen / non-changing / non-functional / non-ceasing, not both together, not neither; not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither; not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither; not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither – for whatever ‘this’ is.
There are no real three stages of becoming for any of those manifestations, and for the Ground also, – dependent origination / coming, duration / change / increase / decrease / defilement / purification / functionality, cessation / going / elimination / stopping / extinction – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
So, in those manifestations, and in the Ground also, there is nothing to accept / reject / change / increase / decrease / defile / purify / differentiate / mark / label / perceive / know / apprehend / complete / perfect / transcend / transmute / liberate / awaken / do or not-do in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].
All of those manifestations, and the Ground also, can be directly perceived as primordially spontaneous, timeless, limitless, equal, pure, perfect, divine, complete, free, enlightened, the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha – in the non-dual sense of those terms: not 'this', not 'non-this' ....]
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Regarding the Blessed One’s statement about ‘the world that is experienced,’
the essence of form [T1] is
without death (cessation / elimination / stopping / extinction),
transmigration (duration / evolution / change / functionality),
or birth (dependent origination) [T2] [U2T];
it does not disintegrate or perish [indestructible]
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
This being the case, what is there to experience?
.
Likewise, since the essence of feeling, perception, formation, and consciousness [T1]
does not exist [T2] [U2T],
there is no arising (dependent origination, duration / evolution / change / functionality)
or ceasing (cessation / elimination / stopping / extinction)
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].
.
These things do not go beyond the single characteristic;
indeed, their characteristic (true nature & dynamic / suchness / U2T) is identical.”

(i.e. One Ground / Jewel, various manifestations / facets: All dharmas / manifestations / appearances – pure, impure, neutral – have the same inconceivable unique all-pervading timeless Ground / Basis / Source, the same inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is / Suchness, the same Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle [U2T]. So we cannot really differentiate, or unify, apparently opposite manifestations / facets / appearances (physical, conceptual, mental; subject, relation / action, objects)  – not even the Ground / Buddha / U2Tnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. We cannot really perceive / feel / know / experience / apprehend / oppose / differentiate / rank / accept / affirm / seek / cause / produce / reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / terminate / stop / extinguish / change / improve / purify / use / liberate / awaken … or NOT (for each of those points) ... any of them — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. They are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither — not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Meaning their true nature & dynamic is indescribable / inconceivable; they are unborn / unconditioned / unchanging / unceasing / indestructible – in the non-dual sense of those terms.)
.
(i.e. There are no real three stages of becoming / three times for anything / any being / any relation / action:
– i. dependent origination / beginning / birth / before / past,
ii. duration / middle / life / change / evolution / abiding or going forth / rebirths / during / present,
iii. cessation / ending / death / elimination / stopping / after / future – or liberation / nirvana extinction of the five aggregates / awakening;
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. The Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas [U2T]: All dharmas – including all apparent opposites, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground and its manifestations – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)
.
(i.e. The non-duality / Union of apparent opposites like the three stages of becoming [Uopp / U2T-opp]: Apparent opposites – like impure vs. pure, defilement vs. purification, samsara vs. nirvana, sentient beings vs. Buddha, ignorance vs. wisdom, the three stages of becoming, the two truths (appearance / dependent origination / functionality vs. emptiness), the Ground vs. its manifestations, the realm of phenomena vs. awakening / buddhahood, / wisdom method vs. wisdom – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of those points)not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T].)

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[A.14 There is no real distinct final result / libration / nirvana – not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. The three spheres – goer, going forth, and destination – are also inseparable / indiscernible facets of the unique pristine Jewel / Ground / Realm of phenomena / Limit of reality / true Buddha / U2T.]

“Mañjuśrī, tell me,
do you think that I, the Thus-Gone One, the Worthy One, the Perfect Buddha,
will pass into parinirvāṇa
or disappear (cessation / elimination / stopping / extinction) [in absolute terms]?”

“No, Blessed One, I do not.
.
And why not?
Because the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
is not truly established [U2T-GM].
(i.e. Because of the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas /manifestations / appearance, including the Ground [U2T-GM], including the three spheres of going.)
.
Blessed One, if the realm of phenomena [Ground / U2T]
were truly established, then it would not be something to pass beyond.
.
However, it is not apprehended as something truly established [in absolute terms] [T2] [U2T].
Thus, how can one speak of not passing beyond
[transcending all manifestations / appearances / conditioning / karma]
or passing into parinirvāṇa [conventionally] [T1]?
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]]

(i.e. There are no real three stages of becoming / three times for anything / any being / any relation / action:
– i. dependent origination / beginning / birth / before / past,
ii. duration / middle / life / change / evolution / abiding or going forth / rebirths / during / present,
iii. cessation / ending / death / elimination / stopping / after / future – or liberation / nirvana extinction of the five aggregates / awakening;
[not in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]].)
.
(i.e. The Middle Way in everything – free from all extremes & middle –: not acting / perceiving / knowing / apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / seeking / rejecting / abandoning / changing / improving / purifying anything – pure or impure or neutralnot in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. Instead, what we need to do is to be mindful  here & now, to observe directly their coming & going, and to directly perceive / realise / experience their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U23T-2T / UGM …].)
.
(i.e. Awakening without awakening in absolute terms, without apprehending / opposing / differentiating / accepting / rejecting / changing / purifying / freeing / awakening anything in absolute terms [T2], just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1] [U2T]. The Middle Way in everything. No real person is really reborn or awakening to a real realm of phenomena / Ground. Everything is the realm of phenomena / Ground, everything is primordially pure / awakening / the true Buddha; not many, not one, not both together, not neither.)
.
.
(i.e. Union of the three spheres of going [U3S-going / U2T-3S-going]: The three spheres of any relation / action – ex. subject / actor / goer, relation / action / going, object / result / destination – are not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither. They are empty of inherent existence [T2] <==> because of being inseparable, interdependent, co-defined, co-relative, co-dependent, co-emergent, co-evolving, co-ceasing / co-transcended, in harmony [T1], merely labeled / imputed by the mind in dependence of its conditioning / karma [U3S]. Thus unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, indestructible, inconceivable. They are extremely pure: Not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither, and there is no fifth – for whatever ‘this’ is. All dharmas / all apparent opposites / all three spheres / the two truths / the Ground & manifestations, the three stages of becoming … are ‘completed / perfected / purified / transcended / transmuted’ by directly perceiving / realising / experiencing their inconceivable true nature & dynamic as it is here & now / Suchness / Dharmata, their Union of the Two Truths [U2T], their Union of the three spheres [U3S / U2T-3S], their Union of apparent opposites [Uopp / U2T-opp], their Union of the Two Truths about the Two Truths [U2T-2T], their Union of manifestations and Ground [UGM / U2T-GM]; the fact that they are all facets of the same unique inconceivable Jewel / Ground / Buddha [UGM] – thus primordially equal / pure / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened / the inseparable three pure kayas, the true Buddha. So all dharmas / marks / labels / the three spheres of any relation or action / the apparent opposites of any duality or triad... / the two truths / the Ground and its manifestations / methods and wisdom … cannot really be perceived / felt / known / experienced / apprehended / opposed / differentiated / ranked / accepted / affirmed / sought / caused / produced / rejected / negated / abandoned / eliminated / terminated / stopped / extinguished / changed / improved / purified / used / liberated / awaken to … or NOT (for each of tho