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Buddhadharma : Summer 2019
60 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY understanding is already there. Understanding, love, and compassion are one. Understanding is the fruit of looking deeply, of shining the light of awareness on things. Through the practice of deep looking, we can see the interdepen dent nature of all things and transform delusion into illumination. The object of deluded mind is samsara. The object of true mind is nirvana. When we are able to transform deluded mind into true mind through the practice of paratantra, of seeing the nature of interbeing of all things, we reach the realm of suchness, the realm of thingsinthemselves. If we know how to walk with solidity and free dom, the ground under our feet is heaven. If we walk with sorrow, fear, and anger, we walk in hell. It all depends on our way of walk ing, our way of being. When you look deeply into birth and death, you see the nature of nobirth and nodeath. It is like the water and the wave. We think that there is one moment when the wave begins and one moment when it ceases to be, and so we get caught in the fear of birth and death. Birth and death, wave and water, are just appearances, just notions. We have other notions, like higher and lower, or more or less beautiful. Because of these notions, we suffer. This is samsara. When we touch the reality of interdependence, the reality of the fulfilled nature (nishpanna), we are free from all notions, including notions of coming and going, being and nonbeing, birth and death. We realize nonfear when we are able to touch nishpanna. It is the greatest relief to touch the ultimate dimension, nirvana, and this is possible through the practice of looking deeply. Don’t think that it is too difficult. We all have the chance to touch nirvana, to see things globally and not be caught in the small view. Suppose yesterday someone said something that hurt you deeply. She did not give you a chance to reply. She just left. You were so The teachings of impermanence and nonself are not doctrines or subjects for a philosophical discussion. They are instruments for meditation, keys to help us unlock the door of reality.