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Re: What is the role of dualism in buddhist practice?
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2020, 06:18:55 am »
Mahayana Buddhism teaches non-duality. If all things are empty of inherent existence, then any separation between the all-pervasive reality of enlightenment and ourselves is a delusion of the ego. The reason for Buddhist practice is to ultimately tear down this delusive sense of duality.

Yes, but in the meantime we still have to deal with duality. 

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Re: What is the role of dualism in buddhist practice?
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2020, 01:00:02 pm »
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maras and buddhas:  "If there is no Buddha :jinsyx:, is there enlightenment?"

Short answer:  "Yes".

At least there was for Sakyamuni Buddha and all those Buddhas which preceded him.....according to the suttas, anyway.

Then there were the Arahants, and Arhats. from different traditions, also variations of buddha's and those who chose to pass on enlightenment for the sake of all of us practitioners, who have yet to become unbound and released.

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As for the question of duality:
  Physics tells us of various forms of matter and its correlates of anti-matter, which is clearly a real physical form of duality.  Then there are all of the dualities on the non-physical planes of existence:  right & wrong, peace & chaos, On & Off, More and Less, and ad infinitum.

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Re: What is the role of dualism in buddhist practice?
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2020, 11:20:22 am »
Yes I think there definitely is a lot of play on duality in our lives, even if you are a advanced Buddhist. I like what Taoism explains, yin and yang, the circle that is always changing. Eventually once you have the realization of all phenomena, there is neither yin or yang, nor is there yin and yang. There is only the absolute truth of the Dharmakaya.

I have heard a lot of good explanations on duality from Lama Jigme Rinpoche

https://padmarigdzinling.org/

 


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