Shared perspectives

We have various layers of karma: personal, familiar, communal, racial, national, human, planetary, etc.. Each of these karmas produces a certain view of reality that is common to those who share it.  

While individuals have different views from those held in common by the larger groups to which they belong, it is undeniable that there are certain basic similarities. For example: humans hear a certain range of sounds, but not others. (Dogs and other animals have much more acute hearing.) In the same way, our vision is limited to a certain light spectrum, while other animals see what to us is invisible (infra-red and supra-violet).  

Our human bodies determine our sense perceptions. It is not that the ‘real world’ has these limitations of sound and light (or touch, smell, and taste), but that we are restricted to a particular ‘band-with’ of experience.   

In the same way, the very nature of our conceptual mind imposes a particular perspective: we locate objects in time and space, for example, and perceive chains of events in terms of cause and effect. This is a human perspective.  

We can then begin to apply this basic understanding to all areas of experience, and realize that others see and hear what we see and hear because we share common instruments: similar bodies and minds.   

There is nothing strange or peculiar about this understanding. On the contrary, it is supported by our everyday experience.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to Shared perspectives

  1. Blue Garuda says:

    If a person listens to a radio play or reads a novel, it is soon apparent that their minds can create a ‘reality’ which includes input from the rest of their sensory experience. They will visualise, recall smells and tastes, how it feels to touch the objects decribed in the story.

    Without this ablility to form and accept a ‘reality’, Tantra would be extremely difficult. How much more fortunate we are to have shared karma with others who share the same senses, have been involved in our actions, and are able to communicate with us and help us understand what we are experiencing and thinking. Thank you for the teaching, Tashi-la. 🙂 _/\_

  2. D. Ogyen says:

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