30 April 2020

Buddhism is not a religion of truth - Illusory Advice

“Buddhism is not a religion of truth – it is a religion of method. Its teachings are not overly concerned with expressing truth – but with methods of practice. In a sense, one could actually say that there is only one ‘truth’ in Buddhism: that form and emptiness are nondual.

As beginners, we start to become familiar with form and emptiness in the context of sitting  meditation. We learn to experience emptiness as an absence of thought, that is simultaneous with presence of awareness. We experience form as thoughts and sensations which arise from within the condition of non-thought. We eventually begin to glimpse nonduality in those moments when thought and the absence of thought have the same taste. 

The essential practice of Buddhism is to attempt to understand nonduality in the widest and most encompassing way possible, and to integrate this with every moment of one’s life. Buddhism is a set of infinitely varied methods to help us achieve this.”

Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-898185-37-6, page 15.

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