Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Follow-Up" #6

   [from Dzogchen by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 2000) trans. Geshe Thupten Jinpa & Richard Barron]

From the point of view of how mind is perceived by direct experience, it should be noted that mind is not an object of a direct experience which realizes the ultimate nature of mind. This is because when you realize the ultimate nature of mind, that awareness only realizes the emptiness of mind and not the mind itself...[because] study, contemplation, and meditation prove that it lacks an independent nature. (145)

... if we were to question how the presence or absence of emptiness matters to us, the answer is: it doesn't! The fact that there is emptiness does not make any difference to us. What does make a difference, however, is our understanding and realization of the empty nature of things. (147)

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