Thursday, January 26, 2023

The dance between emptiness and appearance


𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕕𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕨𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕖𝕞𝕡𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕖
When you have achieved a state of calmness and readiness,
then you are ready to know, ready to understand in a deep way 
𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 [𝙏2] 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 [𝙏1] [𝙐2𝙏].
Once you catch a glimpse of that dance [U2T], 
𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙞𝙩 [U2T-2T]. 
Just let it go, 
like your first glimpse of essence love.
– Tsoknyi Rinpoche
from the book "Open Heart, Open Mind: Awakening the Power of Essence Love"
[i.e. Realize the Union of the Two Truths [U2T]
without grasping /  apprehending / differentiating / opposing them, or their 'union', in absolute terms, just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively:
[U2T:] That is the inseparability / interdependence / non-duality / harmony / Union of conventionally dependently co-arisen relative functional appearances / tools [T1] <==> and emptiness of inherent existence [T2] about all dharmas. 
These two aspects / truths -- dependent origination and emptiness --
are not different / separate / two / dual, 
not identical / united / one / non-dual, 
not both together, not neither.
They are themselves empty of inherent existence <==> because of being interdependent, merely labeled / imputed by the mind [U2T-2T]. And vice versa.
They, and their 'union', are mere useful tools / adapted skillful means / counterpoints / pointers to the 'inconceivable'. They are useful tools, but turn into poisons if we grasp at them as 'absolute truth'.]


Living an Appearance-Emptiness Life
You know the supreme path that is free from coming and going,
And you teach 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙚 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙥𝙝𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙖 [𝙐2𝙏],
While never leaving a single being out of your compassion’s embrace,
Great mother, noble Tara, I bow at your feet.
Since all phenomena, outer and inner,
are d̲e̲p̲e̲n̲d̲e̲n̲t̲l̲y̲ ̲e̲x̲i̲s̲t̲e̲n̲t̲ ̲m̲e̲r̲e̲ ̲a̲p̲p̲e̲a̲r̲a̲n̲c̲e̲s̲ ̲[̲T̲1̲]̲,
They have n̲o̲ ̲i̲n̲h̲e̲r̲e̲n̲t̲ ̲n̲a̲t̲u̲r̲e̲ ̲[̲T̲2̲]̲,
they are just 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚-𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 [𝙐2𝙏].
[𝘕𝘰𝘯-𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 / 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 / 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘴 / 𝘜2𝘛]
[𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘸𝘰 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘴 [𝘜2𝘛]: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 & 𝘥𝘺𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘴 / 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 [𝘛2] <==> 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰-𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘯 (𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵) 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳-𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 / 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴 / 𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘴 / 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘴 [𝘛1], 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘥 / 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 / 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 / 𝘬𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢 [𝘜3𝘚]. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢 [𝘜2𝘛]. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘴 / 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦, 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝘮𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴, 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴, echos, 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘴: '𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦.' 𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘯 / 𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 / 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 / 𝘤𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘯-𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘯 / 𝘯𝘰𝘯-𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵 / 𝘯𝘰𝘯-𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 / 𝘯𝘰𝘯-𝘤𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳.]
If you know how they 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨,
All comings and goings will be open and relaxed.
Since appearances of friends [+] and enemies [-] are d̲e̲p̲e̲n̲d̲e̲n̲t̲l̲y̲ ̲e̲x̲i̲s̲t̲e̲n̲t̲ ̲[̲T̲1̲]̲,
Both are 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚-𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 [𝙐2𝙏], 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙗𝙤𝙬𝙨,
[𝘕𝘰𝘯-𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 / 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 / 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 / 𝘜𝘰𝘱𝘱 / 𝘜2𝘛-𝘰𝘱𝘱]
and if you know this,
That is called, "meditation on illusion."
Within openness you will achieve inner peace.
A planet and a particle are equal [𝘕𝘰𝘯-𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 / 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 / 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 / 𝘜𝘰𝘱𝘱]
An aeon and an instant are equal [𝘜𝘰𝘱𝘱 / 𝘜2𝘛-𝘰𝘱𝘱], the Buddha taught.
If you gain uncontrived certainty in this,
Within spaciousness, any work you do will come out alright.
When you are expert at studying your own mind [subject]
All that appears [objects] becomes your guru,
[𝘕𝘰𝘯-𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 / 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 / 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴 -- 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵, 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘰𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 -- 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 / 𝘜3𝘚 / 𝘜2𝘛-3𝘚]
And even your enemies become friends of your Dharma practice -
E ma! What a wonderful miracle!
– Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche