"Reality" is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality." http://viewonbuddhism.org/resources/mountemptiness.html
Whenever things seem to happen that contradict our logical conclusion, we tend to think of magic and mystery. So our dreamlike conceptual scenario is "The Truth".
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just because mind is involved doesnt mean that what we think is reality. this is because much of what we think is wrong, especially about important things. in fact from the point of view of mode of existence, we have never ever had a correct percerption about anything at all
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Interesting subject and excellent reply.
To add a little bit..."Whenever things seem to happen that contradict our logical conclusion, we tend to think of magic and mystery"
I'd say people first rationalize by irrational means how such things can happen and be allowable yet still fit within their established set of knowns. Things they believe are true.
Some think of magic and mystery in a religious sense perhaps as the theists do. Firstly in matters of perception it seems people fit things into their way of thinking. When that repeatedly fails eventually they may go in other ways.
The earth due to humans self involved way of looking at things was considered to be the center of the universe by Europeans and most asians for thousands of years(mt Sumuru) when the obvious perceptable evidence was it was not. Even today science seemed reluctant to admit other habitable planets present anywhere other then in our particular galaxy. So perhaps outward denial is the first response.
Just to add for your consideration.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.
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