Importance of the View of the Union of the Two Truths free from all extremes & middle
-- an adapted skillful means --.
We need to use it, but should never grasp it.
Three Videos: The Two Truths -- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
[SUMMARY / INTERPRETATION:]
Buddhism is using a multitude of adapted skillful means, like words / concepts / dualities / practices, in order to ultimately reach an inconceivable non-dualistic non-conceptual VIEW of the true nature & dynamic of Reality as it is -- that is the liberating truth.
Ex. We are using dualistic concepts ... in order to transcend all concepts / conditioning / karma.
And 'transcend' does not mean to reject.
The PATH consists of acting / perceiving / knowing / practicing / teaching conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively [T1], without acting in absolute terms -- because everything is empty of inherent existence [T2], but still not completely non-existent / non-functional / meaningless / useless [T1].
It is acting without apprehending / differentiating / opposing anything in absolute terms, just conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively.
It is acting while being more and more aware of, more and more in accord with, the Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas involved.
The VIEW is presented as the Union of the Two Truths [U2T]:
Union of dependent origination / causality / relativity / functionality / appearances / karma and emptiness of inherent existence [U2T];
or Union of the Ground / Reality as it is and its manifestations [UGM].
One important point is that those two truths are not really different / separate / two / in opposition; but are more like inseparable / interdependent / co-defined / co-relative / co-emergent / co-evolving / co-ceasing or co-transcended / in harmony <==> thus both empty of inherent existence; both merely labeled / imputed / imagined by the mind; both simple tools / counterpoints / antidotes.
Reality as it is is indescribable / inconceivable, even beyond these two truths, and beyond the concept of their 'Union';
but still we need to use concepts like the Union of the Two Truths to point to it while being on the path -- without grasping them.
So emptiness [T2] does not contradict valid conventional truths / causality / methods / karma / goals [T1].
So even the two truths and their 'Union' are conventional truths and empty of inherent existence; NOT the inconceivable ultimate truth.
And the goal is NOT to reject / negate / abandon / eliminate / stop / not-do conventional truths / tools / adapted skillful means / words / concepts / opposites / dualities ... but to be able to use those tools while being more and more aware of their true nature & dynamic as it is [U2T / U3S / Uopp / U2T-2T / UGM]. This way we remain unattached to them, free from them. That is nirvana here & now.
Topics: deconstruction, falsifiability, valid and invalid relative truths, and the British Buddhists at Oxford, …
[𝙌𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙧: In all Madhyamaka Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta teachings, we talk about ‘the True nature & dynamic of Reality’ as being an inconceivable unique all-pervasive timeless limitless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 / Basis / Source / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Pure-Mind / Unconditioned-Knowing / Primordial-𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / Pristine-𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙘𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 / Atman / Self / Pure Being / Suchness / 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙬𝙤 𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙨 [U2T / U2T-3S / U2T-opp / U2T-2T], etc.
𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙥 / 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥 — 𝙣𝙤 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 '𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙚-𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨'.
Why? Because the true nature & dynamic of the Ground / Awareness / Brahman / U2T … is also like
a Union of being e̲m̲p̲t̲y̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲i̲n̲h̲e̲r̲e̲n̲t̲ ̲e̲x̲i̲s̲t̲e̲n̲c̲e̲ [T2-Ground] <==>
because of being conventionally d̲e̲p̲e̲n̲d̲e̲n̲t̲l̲y̲ ̲c̲o̲-̲a̲r̲i̲s̲e̲n̲ ̲(̲i̲n̲t̲e̲r̲d̲e̲p̲e̲n̲d̲e̲n̲t̲)̲ ̲r̲e̲l̲a̲t̲i̲v̲e̲l̲y̲ ̲f̲u̲n̲c̲t̲i̲o̲n̲a̲l̲ ever-changing impermanent appearance / tool / adapted skillful means / antidote / counterpoint [T1-Ground],
m̲e̲r̲e̲l̲y̲ ̲l̲a̲b̲e̲l̲e̲d̲ ̲/̲ ̲i̲m̲p̲u̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲/̲ ̲i̲m̲a̲g̲i̲n̲e̲d̲ ̲b̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲m̲i̲n̲d̲ in dependence of its past experience / conditioning / karma [U3S-Ground].
And vice versa; one aspect / truth implies / proves / enables / supports / is in harmony with the other aspect / truth [U2T-Ground].
The Ground / Awareness / Brahman / U2T … is also l̲i̲k̲e̲ ̲s̲p̲a̲c̲e̲,̲ ̲i̲l̲l̲u̲s̲i̲o̲n̲s̲, reflections, mirages, dreams, echos, rainbows, magical tricks: ‘There, but not there.’ [U2T-Ground]
The Ground / Awareness / Brahman / U2T … is also
not really arisen / caused / e̲x̲i̲s̲t̲e̲n̲t̲ / changing /ceasing,
not completely non-arisen / non-caused / n̲o̲n̲-̲e̲x̲i̲s̲t̲e̲n̲t̲ / non-changing / non-ceasing,
not both together, not neither;
not purely s̲u̲b̲j̲e̲c̲t̲i̲v̲e̲ / mind, not purely o̲b̲j̲e̲c̲t̲i̲v̲e̲ / phenomena,
not purely r̲e̲l̲a̲t̲i̲o̲n̲a̲l̲ / process / action / karma, not a combination of them, not none of them;
not equal / p̲u̲r̲e̲ / perfect / divine / complete / free / enlightened,
not unequal / i̲m̲p̲u̲r̲e̲ / imperfect / ordinary / incomplete / bounded / unenlightened,
not both together, not neither;
not p̲e̲r̲m̲a̲n̲e̲n̲t̲ / continuous / eternal, not i̲m̲p̲e̲r̲m̲a̲n̲e̲n̲t̲ / discontinuous / annihilated,
not both together, not neither;
not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’, not both together, not neither – for whatever ‘this’ is [Tetralemma-Ground].
Meaning the true nature & dynamic of the Ground / Awareness / Brahman / U2T … is
indescribable / inconceivable for our flawed conditioned dualistic conceptual mind(s);
it is beyond all opposites / dualities;
beyond all extremes & middle, beyond all dualistic conceptual proliferations,
beyond all defining limitations, beyond all conditioning / karma (individual, collective, cosmic);
beyond all description / conceptualisation, differentiation / discrimination,
causality / production / laws, form / matter-energy, space & time.
𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 / 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 / 𝙐2𝙏
is NOT really one, all-pervasive, timeless, limitless, eternal, unborn, unconditioned, unchanging, unceasing, pristine.
Because it is even beyond all of these dualistic concepts: it is not ‘this’, not ‘non-this’ …
𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 / 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 / 𝙐2𝙏 is inseparable / interdependent / co-defined / co-relative / co-dependent / co-emergent / co-evolving / co-ceasing / co-transcended with its 𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 / 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨.
That is the Union of the relative and absolute; the Union of the illusory and real;
𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙬𝙤 𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨,
𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 [𝗨𝗚𝗠 / 𝗨𝟮𝗧-𝗚𝗠].
So, please, do not get stuck at the level of “𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 / 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 / 𝙐2𝙏.”
It is not the real true nature & dynamic of Reality as it is;
it is merely a concept-pointer to the inconceivable.
And a better concept-pointer is
𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 / 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 / 𝙐2𝙏 … 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 [𝙐𝙂𝙈 / 𝙐2𝙏-𝙂𝙈].
There is no 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 / 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 / 𝙐2𝙏 without any 𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 / 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨; and vice versa. One cannot exist without the other, or prior to the other, or finally without the other.
So we can use these concept-pointers – like an inconceivable unique all-pervasive timeless limitless unborn unconditioned unchanging unceasing pristine 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 / Basis / Source / Buddha-nature / Genuine-emptiness / Pure-Mind / Unconditioned-Knowing / Primordial-𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / Pristine-𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙘𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 / Atman / Self / Pure Being / Suchness / 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙬𝙤 𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙨 [U2T / U2T-3S / U2T-opp / U2T-2T] – conventionally / relatively / inter-subjectively, but never in absolute terms; using them without apprehending / differentiating / opposing anything in absolute terms; using them without falling into one extremes or middle: Extremes like eternalism, nihilism, dualism / pluralism, monism / oneness, subjectivism / idealism, objectivism / materialism, relationism, processism, etc.