flowerbudh wrote:Life is the dream. That's not to say it does not exist, but it is not as it appears to be. Once you are aware of the true nature of things, you awaken from your conditioned slumber and can begin the practice.
It is important to acknowledge and understand the three marks of existence:
1. Anicca (impermanence)
2. Dukkha (dissatisfaction)
3. Anatta (non-self)
as well as the Four Noble Truths, to begin with:
1. Life contains dukkha
2. Dukkha is caused by clinging to things [for explanation of "things" see: skhanda] which are inherently impermanent, which suggests ignorance of their true nature
3. There is a way to end dukkha
4. The way to end dukkha is to live the Eightfold Path
this is a really good point. Whether life is a dream, or whether it is inherently real, either way dukkha
is real, in the sense that, things happen that we don't want (such as sickness, ageing and death) and we are forced to experience these. Whether you lose a loved one in a dream, or in reality, you still experience grief. So yes, the 4NT are what we need to focus on, not on whether the world ontologically 'exists' in reality, or not.