Proof of Absence

wpid-dolpopa-sherab-gyaltsen-e7ac83e5b883e5b7b4e5969ce9a5b6e59d9ae8b59e-17-jpgIf we look at space with the naked eye, we might see the brightest stars and the nearest heavenly bodies, but we will neither see the faint lights nor the remote planets. If we look at a drop of pond water with the naked eye, we might not see that it is teeming with life. Thus, we should never project our own limitations onto reality, and arrogantly assume that our imperfect findings are the final and objective ‘truth’.

In the same way, when mere logicians investigate ultimate reality, they apply their limited intellectual and spiritual capacities to the task, and ―finding nothing― they dismiss as ‘heretical’ and ‘extreme views’ the direct yogic perception of Buddha Nature, and deride the sutras of the Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma as ‘provisional’.

‘Not finding’ and ‘not existing’ are not identical, and absence of proof is not proof of absence.

“Emptiness cures wrong views, but the view of emptiness is incurable.” ―Arya Nagarjuna

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 Proof of Absence

  1. Cheryla says:

    WHAT penetrating insight. I must learn to express these words in my own way, then I will have a wonderful “retort” to all those who use words to confuse essential issues. Since I see its truth so easily, I am thinking others will also. Beautifully said. THANK YOU! om shanti, cheryla

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