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Middle way

Beyond, Not Between

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June 12, 2018

afe9e2d771e29003bb9d767391738016 (1)Great Middle Way is a translation of Maha Madhyamaka, which is what our Lamas call the Jonang view of the Dharma.

The Great Middle Way is found beyond (not between) all extremes: beyond austerity and hedonism, eternalism and nihilism, sectarianism and eclecticism, dualism and monism.

“It is not this. It is not that. It is not both. It is not neither.”

Nagarjuna

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The middle path

 
That which is emptiness does not empty phenomena, because phenomena themselves are empty; That which is signlessness does not make phenomena signless, because phenomena themselves are signless; That which is wishlessness does not make phenomena wishless, because phenomena are themselves wishless.

To so analyze, oh Kasyapa, is called the middle path – in the correct analysis of phenomena. I say that whoever analyzes emptiness by objectifying emptiness has fallen, fallen far from my teachings.

– Buddha

Rantnakuta Sutra


Studying texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original Mind

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 Studying texts and stiff meditation
can make you lose your Original Mind.
A solitary tune by a fisherman, though,
can be an invaluable treasure.
Dusk rain on the river,
the moon peeking in and out of the clouds;
Elegant beyond words,
he chants his songs night after night.~ Ikkyu ~