canceling each other out

canceling each other out

Buddha taught emptiness, for instance like on the Vultures Peak he taught prajnaparamita. But also Buddha taught buddha nature. And at glance, you will see a little bit of a contradiction. One is totally non existent and all of that. The moment the buddha nature is taught, there is an element of something does exist. I mean if you read the Uttaratantra, very heavy words like “it is unchanging”, “it is indestructible”, the buddha nature is almost like a Hindu atman. This is again, as I was telling you earlier, to cancel each other out. Maybe I should not be using all this kind of inauspicious language like “canceling each other”. I should use more holy language, such as union of the emptiness and the clarity. But actually, it actually means canceling each other out. Did you know that? ??? or the union is exactly canceling each other out. It is purposely done, even the way he taught. In the Avatamsaka, a very beautiful example of a mother nursing a baby. And the doctor says: “Milk is not good for this baby.” So the mother applies something very bitter on her nipple. And then when next time when the baby comes and want to drink, it tastes really bad and not good, so shies away. After a period of time, the doctor says: “Oh the baby now is enough of refraining from the milk, he has to drink milk.” Now she has to win back the baby to her milk. So then she has really coach the baby to how you know – see both are trick. There is something bitter. Trying to lure the baby. This is what the Buddha does, its a game that they play. It is.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
(->videos on youtube)

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