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  • Gloria Lee
    ************** JOHN METZGER Awakening Nagarjuna The dharma taught by buddhas Hinges on two truths: Partial truths of the world And truths which are
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 13, 2001

      Awakening      Nagarjuna
      The dharma taught by buddhas
      Hinges on two truths:
      Partial truths of the world
      And truths which are sublime.
      Without knowing how they differ,
      You cannot know the deep;
      Without relying on conventions,
      You cannot disclose the sublime;
      Without intuiting the sublime,
      You cannot experience freedom.
      Misperceiving emptiness
      Injures the unintelligent
      Like mishandling a snake
      Or miscasting a spell.
      The Buddha despaired
      Of teaching the dharma,
      Knowing it hard
      To intuit its depths.
      Your muddled conclusions
      Do not affect emptiness;
      Your denial of emptiness
      Does not affect me.
      When emptiness is possible,
      Everything is possible;
      Were emptiness impossible,
      Nothing would be possible.
      In projecting your faults onto me,
      You forget the horse you are riding.
      To see things existing by nature,
      Is to see them without
      Causes or conditions,
      Thus subverting causality,
      Agents, tools and acts,
      Starting, stopping and ripening.
      Contingency is emptiness
      Which, contingently configured,
      Is the middle way.
      Everything is contingent;
      Everything is empty.
      Were everything not empty,
      There would be no rising and passing.
      Ennobling truths would not exist.
      Without contingency
      How could I suffer pain?
      This shifting anguish
      Has no nature of its own;
      If it did, how could it have a cause?
      Deny emptiness and you deny
      The origins of suffering.
      If anguish existed by nature,
      How would it ever cease?
      Absolute misery could never stop.
      How could you cultivate a path
      That exists by nature?
      How could it lead to the end of pain?
      A path on which you tread
      Can have no essence of its own.
      If confusion existed by nature,
      I would always be confused.
      How could I know anything?
      Letting go and realizing,
      Cultivation and fruition
      Could never happen.
      Who can attain absolute goals
      That by nature are unattainable?
      Since no one could reach them,
      There would be no community;
      With no truths, no dharma either.
      With no community or dharma
      How could I awaken?
      I would not depend on awakening
      Nor awakening on me.
      A naturally unawakened person
      Would never awaken
      No matter how hard
      He practiced for its sake.
      He would never do good or evil;
      An unempty person would do nothing.
      He'd experience fruits of good and evil
      Without having done good or evil deeds.
      How can fruits of good and evil not be empty
      If they are experienced?
      To subvert emptiness and contingency
      Is to subvert conventions of the world.
      It engenders passivity;
      Acts without an author,
      Authors who do not act.
      Beings would not be born or die;
      They would be frozen in time,
      Alien to variety.
      If things were unempty,
      You could attain nothing.
      Anguish would never end.
      You would never let go of compulsive acts.
      To see contingency is to see
      Anguish, its origins, cessation and the path.

      NINA "babel babble"


      I am curious to know of languages (of any manner of construction ;) )
      particularly well-suited to examining any of the following:

      o topics generally discussed on this list
      o intricacies of interaction among the following: energy>[(space,
      form, time)>(promulgation, transformation, variations)] thought>
      [(space, form, time)>(evolution, dissemination of self forms)]

      No need to analyze it too much... even tangentially related material
      is welcomed.


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