mirror analogy

mirror analogy

Why is it so difficult to talk about emptiness and clarity? Why? Let me try this example. You are looking at a mirror and you see your face in there. Right? Now is your face gone there? No. That face in that mirror is not your face. Well I mean physically. That is not there. There is nothing behind. It is a flat thing. Your face is not there. Okay. Keep this in your head. Your face is not truly there, it is a reflection. Okay. But why is it so difficult. Every time you look at the mirror only your face comes. Not a banana or litchis or something like that. You understand, only your face comes. So this makes us think: Oh it has to be true. Because if it is not true then sometimes your face, sometimes a banana, sometimes a paper, something like that. Everything will become chaotic. But that is not the case. And also it works. If you need to put a lipstick, you don’t have to do it on the lips of the mirror, you use that as a reference and you use it on yourself. So this paradox or actually I think quite a good word is matrix. This matrix of emptiness and clarity, this seemingly non existent – it is not there, your face is still here – but the logic of only your face, not a banana, still works. These two.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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