The 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