LastLegend wrote:You said by asking why I am grasping/searching, I will see a drunkard dilemma. But seeing a drunkard dilemma, is that not a conceptual trapping also?
To get out of the trap, you need to first see it, because what makes the trap is the desire to get out of it. Very difficult situation, that is why only few succeeded.
Sherab Dorje wrote:
oushi wrote:Understand futility of becoming. Through impermanence or emptiness.
A major flaw in practice known as "taking emptiness as the remedy". Becoming is dependent on emptiness, without emptiness there cannot be becoming. Emptiness is not the remedy to becoming, it is the basis for becoming.
Once more, understanding the futility of becoming, not stopping becoming. Try to read with understanding, it often helps.
Sherab Dorje wrote:PS The first line in the quote "All dharmas are indeed unknowable and imperceptible." is in reference to fact that no dharma has an immutable knowable essence, that is why it follows that knowing emptiness one achieves omniscience.
If there is no immutable essence, what is the content of omniscience? You know everything about every change in ever atom of universe? Look at the second part of the quote where it is directly and honestly said that:
"They are also immeasurable, because
one cannot conceive of a measure of form, etc., since such a measure does not
exist, in consequence of the infinitude of all dharmas. They are also incalculable,
because they have risen above all possibility of counting. They are also equal to
the unequalled, because all dharmas are the same as space."
Where is the omniscience then? Omniscient fails to calculate? All-knowing everything about everything is an utopia that people desire.
Is you teacher enlightened (or his teacher?).
If no, then it explains a lot, if yes then ask him to give you the cure for AIDS and you will remove this enormous amount of suffering. Until then, we can suspend our debate.
KonchokZoepa wrote:everything is dependent on emptiness...
Not really, because that would imply that there is everything and there is emptiness. Emptiness is everything that does not have a solid nature. Until you find something like that, everything you encounter is emptiness. Ignorance comes from the fact that we see many things as solid, and we cling to them. If you investigate it deeper, you will find that it is empty. Then you will pick another thing and another... But, because you cannot investigate every dharma in the universe, even knowing some phenomena as empty, we are unable to tell that all phenomena are empty. That would be a lie. What is the difference then? The very fact of seeing phenomena as empty only after investigation. You encounter phenomena as solid, and it appears to be empty later. But when "there arises an act of consciousness which has none of the skandhas for objective support, there the non-viewing of form, takes
place.". So, with non-viewing, the solidity never arises, and it never appear as empty also. Emptiness is not a special feature, but featurelessness. Realizing emptiness is not seeing emptiness in every phenomena, because there is no such thing as emptiness. It is a state of non-arising. In simple words, when you are sitting in a state of calmness and suddenly a phenomena appears, no skandha is triggered. No feeling toward that phenomena, no mental formations, no perception.. If any of those arise, it's only because there is hope to find solidity in the phenomena and grasp it.