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Buddhadharma : Summer 2012
48 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2 0 1 2 Whenever we recognize the pure nature of the manifestation of self-secret invisible wisdom display, we are aware of the pure secret essence of the elements. With this recognition there is no subject and no object, no beginning and no end, no direction and no time, no root circumstances and no contributing circumstances, so there is no karma. With this recognition, absolute truth and relative truth become inseparable, nondual- istic, clear awareness space. In this space, phe- nomena arise freely and this display of Wisdom Mind is not nothingness. The enlightened mind dances unobstructedly with phenomena yet has the potential to obstruct phenomena at will like choosing to eat or not to eat. Enlightened mind reflects all the five wisdoms in equanimity. But through ignorance, over countless lifetimes we have created conceptions and karmic habits which obscure our Wisdom Mind’s lively, unobstructed, mirrorlike quality. Because of our obscured ordinary mind, our ego makes categories out of equanimity. With ego and categories come substance, with the birth of substance comes its death, and with death comes suffering. Our inert and stale karmic body and all other substances are the gross element result of our inability in previous lives to recognize the invisible secret essence of all substance. We are lost and suffering because of external staleness and internal ignorance. But even though we can- not recognize our invisible secret essence imme- diately, it is not necessary to think that it is far away. Our secret essence is always within the gross and subtle elements. From Magic Dance: The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis Buddhism and Nihilism The Buddhist view is to recognize that we must not remain within ordinary phenomena by fol- lowing a worldly philosophy limited to ordinary, substantial reasoning. We must decide to increase pure phenomena by following a spiritual philoso- phy which goes beyond ordinary reasoning and leads to enlightenment. Buddhist philosophy is entirely spiritual. Its purpose is to refute the views of the two extremes of nihilism and eter- nalism by the skillful means of wisdom, to release all beings to enlightenment. Some nihilists in particular think that Bud- dhism is only a philosophy and not a religion. This misunderstanding is the result of holding the nihilist point of view, which does not accept the intangible, imperceptible qualities of non- dualistic wisdom that can appear tangibly or intangibly. Because the nihilist point of view is confined to the reasoning of dualistic mind, it is actually impossible to use it to define or evalu- ate the qualities of Buddhism deeply and clearly, since they are beyond ordinary perception. Even the difference between ordinary and spiritual qualities cannot be analyzed. The nihilist view of believing only in this momentary life is the result of considering sub- stance to be the fundamental constituent of all Substanceless wisdom is unobstructed and pervades everywhere in samsara and nirvana without intention as self-accomplished compassion. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, 1976 (Left to right) Thinley Norbu, Dilgo Khyentse, and Dzongsar Khyentse ca 1984 PHOTOGRAPHERUNKNOWNPHOTOGRAPHERUNKNOWNPHOTOGRAPHERUNKNOWN