Heads or Tails

Half-Moon-02On the eighth day of the lunar month, half of the moon is visible, and the other half is dark. However, the bright half does not negate the existence of the dark side –on the contrary, it indicates and affirms its presence.

Similarly, when the ‘head’ of a coin is visible to us, we know there is a ‘tail’, and when we look at the stem and leaves of a bush, we understand that it would not stand without invisible roots.

There is no ‘here’ without ‘there’, no ‘close’ without ‘far’, no ‘high’ without ‘low’, no ‘big’ without ‘small’, no ‘young’ without ‘old’, no ‘good’ without ‘bad’…

Far from being the logical antithesis of any phenomenon, its opposite is the necessary cause for its manifestation.

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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3 Responses to Heads or Tails

  1. dharma pen says:

    Tashi…what if the phenomenon is a fiction? Can it be said to ‘manifest’? If so, is the logical antithesis of a fictional phenomenon necessary for the fiction to manifest?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      All phenomena are fictions –some are shared with other beings, and are therefore conventional, but they’re still fictional. And, yes, even fictions require a logical antithesis.

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

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