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Buddhadharma : Summer 2018
92 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY In ultimate emptiness there are no ideas and no concepts, not even of emptiness. Before anything you can think of as an experi- ence arises in your consciousness, you just go on your way, directly experiencing what is real. That is practicing the wisdom of ultimate emptiness. patienCe in ignoranCe Eternal life is vast and deep. In the eye of a buddha, that vastness is very clear, and life is very simple: just go ahead in the realm of emp- tiness. But when vastness appears in the territory of human intellect, it becomes blurred. You don’t know exactly where you are or what’s going on there. So you say, “I don’t understand.” You don’t under- stand, and you don’t see how your understanding is going astray. That is called ignorance. Ignorance means you are standing in the middle of a world so vast and deep that your intellect cannot grasp it. When your intellect cannot stand up in the vastness of life, you become confused and carried away by your ignorance. In Buddhist terms, that is called dukkha, or suffering. Suffering creates arrogance, and arrogance cre- ates criticism and hatred. Then human life becomes very messy. It isn’t good enough to see life only through your human intellect because you cannot know everything. There are always things you do not know. There is no end to learning about human life. If you want to understand the human world, you have to be patient. The human world is sometimes called the saha world. Saha is a Sanskrit word meaning “patience.” Even though life in the human world is messy, we always have an opportunity to practice patience there. That is why we have to live in the human world. But practic- ing patience is hard because our human eyes cannot see the truth clearly. If you can’t see clearly, it’s very difficult to stand up in the whole universe and live calmly. It’s hard to be patient with your ignorance, so you need lots of practice. The important thing is not to be in a hurry. If you don’t understand something, be humble. Be modest. Just walk calmly, step by step. Most people don’t live that way. Usually they want to rush.