The 9th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Illustrations
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Patrul Rinpoche says:
- Generally speaking, all appearances—from those of the lowest hell of Avichi hell up to and including the post-meditation experience of bodhisattvas on the tenth bhumi—are relative.
- All that we perceive before we set out on the path belongs to the category of the incorrect relative.
These appearances continue to arise from the first bhumi until the tenth bhumi, since the age-old habit of perceiving things as real has not yet been abandoned, in the same way that the scent of musk will linger in a container.
Eventually, at the level of buddhahood, when these habitual tendencies have been completely eradicated, there are no dualistic perceptions whatsoever, and one remains exclusively in the ultimate sphere, beyond any conceptual elaboration.
- Clinging to the ordinary world, both the outer environment and the beings within it, as real is the incorrect relative.
The antidote to this, such as visualizing everyone as pure deities and the environment as the pure mandala palace, while at the same time considering them to be a mere illusion, is the correct relative.
- Superficial truth/reality
For example, clinging to the view that the World is real and the idea that you are separate from it leads to a wide array of unwholesome actions and ideas including obsessive attractions, repulsions, egotism, conceit, hedonism, or excessive austerities.
We then tell ourselves that nothing is real, so why should we even give a damn?