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Buddhadharma : Winter 2006
buddhadharma| 31 |winter 2006 methods to cultivate love and compassion, which benefit others, and abandon anger and malicious- ness. Relatively speaking, anger and maliciousness should be abandoned. However, even though one adopts and rejects in relative, apparent reality, in the true nature of reality there is no adopting or rejecting. While con- ceptual consciousness adopts and rejects, there is no adopting or rejecting for nonconceptual origi- nal wisdom. Even though in relative reality one cultivates compassion for sentient beings and practices generosity and other virtuous actions toward them, in genuine reality, the three spheres of generosity4 do not truly exist. These points are important to know. You must know how to bring relative reality and genuine reality together. If you think about it from the perspective of what you meditate on, in relative reality, in dependence upon thoughts, you contemplate birth, aging, sickness, and death. At the same time, reflect well on how it is that from origi- nal wisdom’s perspective, the true nature of real- ity transcends birth, aging, sickness, and death. Milarepa sang a song in which in successive sets of verses he described the respective suffering of aging, sickness, and death in great detail, and then at the end of each set of verses, he sang, “If you do not realize that aging does not truly exist, the suffering of aging is inconceivable,” “If you do not realize that sickness does not truly exist, the suffering of sickness is inconceivable,” and “If you do not realize that death does not truly exist, the suffering of death is inconceivable.” Thus, use thoughts to consider the suffering of aging, sick- ness, and death and use wisdom to understand how genuine reality transcends the suffering of aging, sickness, and death. When you put the two truths together in this way, you get Milarepa’s two lines: E ma, the phenomena of the three realms of samsara, While not existing, they appear – how incredibly amazing! The three realms of samsara are dream- like – while not existing they appear, while appear- ing they are empty of inherent nature, and so they are miraculous. 4 The one who is generous, the one toward whom the gener- osity is directed, and the act of generosity itself. rIchardMIsrach Jupiter over Massacred Dry Lake 9.30.97 7:26 – 10:50 p.m.