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Buddhadharma : Summer 2019
THICH NHAT HANH 49 reality. If we are able to look deeply into even a single formation belonging to the samsaric world, we can break through and touch the ground of suchness. The purpose of meditation is to touch the ground of nobirth and nodeath, the realm of suchness. A disciple of an eleventhcentury Zen master once asked him, “Where can I touch the reality of no birth and nodeath?” The master replied, “Right in the world of birth and death.” By touching deeply the wave, you touch the water. By touching the world of samsara, you touch the world of suchness. We have been given the tools we need to touch the realm of suchness right here in samsara. the way to praCtiCe 41 Meditating on the nature of interdependence Can transform delusion into enlightenment. Samsara and suchness are not two. They are one and the same. When we live in mindfulness, we are able to see the interdepen dent nature at the heart of things and transform our ignorance into insight. Delusion becomes enlightenment—we see that what we formerly perceived as samsara is really none other than nirvana, the realm of suchness. Mindfulness of the nature of interdependence is the key to this transformation. The ManifestationOnly teachings say that all phenomena have one or more of three “selfnatures” (svabhava): the nature of imagi nary construction and discrimination (parikalpita), the nature of interdependence (paratantra), and fulfilled nature (nishpanna), that is, the nature of ultimate reality. Most of the time we are operating within the world of imaginary construction. We see things being born and dying, becoming and fading, one or many, coming and going, and in our mind we attribute these qualities (continued page 52)