266Re: [U-Zendo] Gratitude
- May 25, 2006Weasel Tracks <weaseltrax@...> writes:
> Yet even the words of the Sutra do mysterious things under the hood!I have a different take on this.
> Such a marvelously designed psychic tool! It begins with an
> experience of a mode of being/perception that seems to deny the truth
> and very existence of every category of teaching of Buddhism, and
> ends with an irrational declaration of a magic formula as the highest
> truth! What a grand non seqitur! It just tickles the hell out of the
> hulking id, that cynically watches the rational mind insisting on
> making sense out of the world!
Whether the mantra was present from the start or added later I'm
guessing that there was at least one person who thought the mantra
belonged there. Also, the meaning of "o.m gate gate paaragate
paarasa.mgate bodhi svaahaa" is fairly clear to me. It is simply
included here as a mantric reformulation of the earlier assertion that
Bodhisattvas attain enlightenment by relying on the Consummation of
Insight (praj~naapaaramitaa), namely:
Om, when one has arrived (bis), when one has arrived to the other
shore, when one has utterly arrived to the other shore, there is
enlightenment. Oh yeah!
Paaragata (here appearing in the locative masculine singular
paaragate) is synonymous with paaramita: gone to the other shore.
From paaramita comes paaramitaa: going to the other shore, perfection,
consummation, etc. This is the same paaramitaa that appears in
praj~naapaaramitaa, Consummation of Insight. So more
interpretatively, "when one attains the consummation [of insight],
there is enlightenment", "enlightenment happens by reliance on
consummation [of insight]".
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