So heat is an intellectual understanding of Emptiness?Jinzang wrote:"Heat" is a metaphor. When rubbing two sticks to make a fire, the sticks will get warm before they catch flame. Similarly, before attaining a direct experience of emptiness on the path of seeing, one has intimations on the path of juncture, and so one of the stages on the path of juncture is called heat.
Hmm, well I'll understand heat when I get there. I'll look for your book. Huifeng's too.Jinzang wrote:No, it's more than an intellectual understanding, it's an actual experience, but it has traces of dualism and conceptualization. It's like, "oh, that is really profound!" There's still a separation between you and your experience.
As a result of meditation on the mundane level, nonconceptual wisdom will gradually gain in strength, and this will “join” the practitioner to the path of seeing. This phase is therefore called the path of joining and consists of four stages. According to the Mahayana, the first stage of this path, in which the understanding of phenomena as mere mental projections (yid kyi snang ba) acts as an antidote to clinging, is called meditative Warmth.
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