The Game We Are Playing

Image result for carcel en monopolioThe two truths are the relative truth and ultimate or absolute truth. We cannot deny either. If we are playing a game like Chess or Monopoly, there are rules that go with the game, and as long as we are playing, we must observe the rules. However, are the rules true? If we land in jail in Monopoly, are we really in jail? Relative reality, even though it is not ultimately true, is the game we are all playing now. To dispense with the rules is foolish.

According to western science, a wall is 99.9 percent space —the space between electrons and nucleus, the space between atoms composing the brick. I could say that from this point of view, that wall is mostly space, and so I will walk right through it. However, I will get a bump on the head […]

We need to live according to the two truths, and our teachers, beginning with Padmasambhava, have said, “The higher the view, the finer the conduct.” If we really know the two truths, then we must be absolutely careful when we act in this world, because with our actions, we are either sustaining or removing, for ourselves and others, the causes of suffering, which trap us in the relative.

That is why Dharma practice is not sitting on a cushion or coming to Sangha occasionally. Practice is what we do in our everyday life.

—TN, The Dharma Handbook

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 The Game We Are Playing

  1. Brad Palmer says:

    excellent teaching

  2. Eric woody says:

    Dear brother tashi
    What should slogan or mindfulness tidbit should I use to deal with people that bring me down into negativity my parents and family I feel are conditioned by the relative and if I don’t just go with the flow of the relative and thier negativity
    I have to pay with my soul so how do I be mindful of the the so called game and enlighten myself I feel like all they know Is materialism’s way and depression my mom is kind but she it seem like she s cloaked in darkness
    What should I do to remind myself of being compassionate to her not that I don’t want to be
    But my family’s game is being revengeful and negative I don’t want to drown in the ocean of miserliness that is thier relative nature but I want to help them grow but they don’t want to develop thier selves
    Any advice would help

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Dear Eric
      Sometimes the best we can do for ourselves and others is to remain calm and not react. Do not allow others to dictate your mental state. Without reacting outwardly, just recite mantra to yourself: OM AMIDEVA HRIH.

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