04 June 2020

Consider all phenomena as dreamlike.

Consider all phenomena as dreamlike. 

A dog is a potential predator for a horse. Dog as predator is a perception. Dog innocently sharing the path is an alternative perception. Each is dreamlike as it appears, because interaction with the dog has not been engaged.  The skilful rider notices the dog and is prepared for a fearful reaction from the horse, or for the need to protect the horse if the dog is aggressive, or for nothing at all to happen. The rider makes no assumptions. To anticipate any reaction of dog or horse would be to give substance to the dreamlike potential of the moment. The rider neither joins the horse in its fearfulness, nor rejects the possibility that the dog could be an animal to be feared, nor ignores the dog assuming that it will just walk past. 

All are dreamlike appearances until something actually happens, and then what actually happens is ridden.

Battlecry of Freedom by Ngakma Nor’dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2019, ISBN 978-1-898185-46-8, Part II - the slogans, p. 38


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