no choice

no choice

A great scholar, Tibetan scholar, Gendun Choepel, he said something quite amazing, he said: If it is not for nonduality, the tantric practice of visualization is a complete joke. Some of you may be quite familiar with the tantric practice like ???, like visualization. What do we do? We visualize in the midst of big fire we visualize lotus petal. In the center of the lotus cool moon disk. And then comes the seed syllable. And then emerges the deity. And many times the deity is very very wrathful. At the same time, deity has a very very, deity is embracing a very passionate consort. All of this is a contradiction. How can a lotus petal last amidst the big fire. How can cool moon be cool. All of this is a contradiction. It is you know like logically, human point of view it is not possible. So he goes on saying this, Gendun Choepel said: If to really understand Buddhism, one has to learn to believe in things that are not believable. This is a very big challenge. Because we have entered ourselves into a certain trap. We will only believe in things that are believable. Some of you may think now are we talking about blind devotion. Yes, we are talking about a blind devotion actually. And I am saying, blind devotion is very necessary. And I am saying this because you have no choice. Apart from blind devotion, as a human being, you don’t have anything else. What ever you are believing, even now. You believe that you are a human being? That is a total blind devotion. And you may have some reason not to believe in certain things. You can take pride, specially if you go to place like where I am at the moment. Intellectual, critical thinking, analytical thinking, all of that. You can go on and on and deceive yourself. You have this critical mind. I don’t believe in this and I have a good reason not to believe in this. But you know, we blindly believe in that reason for not believing. We have no other choice.

Teaching in Brighton, November 2010