Fluctuating Continuum

Image result for a glassThings are not merely formed through causes and conditions; they actually are causes and conditions. These are two different statements.

If we say a glass is produced by causes and conditions, it sounds like the glass is really there and it came about due to various conditions. But if we say, “This glass is causes and conditions,” then that is just what it is. As the conditions change, the glass also changes.

The glass is a continuum; it is a changing phenomenon. It is dependently arising and dependently designated; it is a fluctuating continuum.

—Ringu Tulku

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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4 Responses to Fluctuating Continuum

  1. … it’s like there is a problem in the use of the (English) word ‘continuum’: when this word is used there is a pre-supposition that ‘something’ does the continuing, that something persists from one moment to another for the ‘continuuing’ to happen, whereas ‘pratitya-samutpada’ emphasies the ‘co’-part of cause and conditionality as Ringu Tulku was impressing

  2. Doshin Johnson says:

    Yes, of course. In fact, there is no “glass.” Thank you for this vivid reminder to use other than the ‘everyday mind.’

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