Life Is Weird-Great Mystery is winking at us.

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One ‘truism’ I have spoken aloud for much of my life that has never encountered even a little bit of resistance is that “Life Is Weird”. No one has ever said in response “What do you mean?” or “I disagree”. Mostly people nod their head emphatically often with a smile forming on their face. In my late teens I modified the statement to “Life is weirder then you think.” Still no one argued. Then in my early 20,s I was listening to Deepak Chopra on tape and he said “Life is weirder then you can think”

With that statement Deepak hit the nail square on the head. Life even in the fullness of its relative aspects is bigger…(read more)

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When No Dogma becomes A Dogma: more on the Two Truths

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It is a fairly common occurrence to see people become dogmatic about having no dogma, being against dogma or being nondogmatic. Often this is accompanied by judgments about those they perceive as having dogmas or the dogmas they think they hold. They have intolerance for dogma. These are common signs that having no dogma, or being against dogma, has become a dogmatic fixation and are indication of lack of correct understanding of the Principles of Two Truths.

Part of this error is usually the mistaking “dogma” as meaning the belief, tenants and/or postulates someone holds as functional truths rather then the dogmatic fixation on those functional truths. It is an understandable mistake…(read more)

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The Two Truths as Antidotes to the Problems of Dogma Part 2

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Part 2- The Two Truths as antidote

Understanding the Principle of the Two Truths helps pacify these problems. Intellectual understanding alone will not completely prevent dogmatic fixation, because the root of dogmatic fixation is the identity fixation that results from lack of direct recognition of Absolute Truth. Thus only that direct realization will prevent all dogmatic fixation. However, the more deeply we understand the Principle of Two Truths, the weaker and less pervasive the tendency towards dogmatic fixation becomes.

Even intellectual understanding of the Principle of the Two Truths increases …(read more)

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The Two Truths as Antidote to the Problems of Dogma Part 1

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Part 1- the Problems of Dogma

Dogma, as I mean it in this context, refers to fixation on a relative truth as Absolute Truth or fixation that leads to attempting to apply a relative truth to a context in which it does not function.. There is a strong tendency in humans towards this dogmatic fixation and this leads to a whole host of problems and confusions. Even and intellectual understanding of the Principle of Two Truths can help to dissolve these fixations and serve as an antidote to the problems that result. It because of this important capacity tof the Principle of the Two Truths that I have dedicated so many of these early posts to the Global Alchemy Blog Matrix to it. It can help prevent what can become serious errors in understanding.

Before examining some the problems and confusion…(read more)

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Vajrayana Buddhism and the Two Truths: An Illustrative Example: part 4

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In Tibet (and neighboring kingdoms), There are four major lineages (Five if you count Bon but that will be the topic two posts from now) of Buddhism and many sub-lineages therein. While they all share a great deal in terms of methods and terminology, they are also quite distinct from each other. In some instances the same term will have different or even opposite meanings. For example the term ‘ordinary mind’ is often used, in the Dzogchen Teachings of the Nyingma to designate the deluded mind of sentient beings as opposed to the True Nature of Mind. In the Mahamudra teachings of the Kagyu, which are in many ways very similar to Dzogchen, ‘ordinary mind’ refers to the mind without elaboration which is The True Nature of Mind.

Despite what can sometimes be seen as very different approaches, with sometimes conflicting postulates, the teachers of these different schools (for the most part) recognize…(read more)

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Vajrayana Buddhism and the Two Truths: An Illustrative Example: part 3

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At the most exoteric level of understanding Karma is explained in way not very different from the Christian/Islamic idea of heaven and hell. Basically when you die you appear before Yama, the lord of death, and your good karma is weighed against your bad and the balance sheet indicates what kind of rebirth you will get. In the case of Buddhism there are Six Possible Major Realms you can go. Three are considered, more or less unfortunate and three, more or less fortunate. Each realm has sub realms and, in all, they form a continuum from extreme happiness to Extreme Suffering, Heaven to Hell. It should be noted that this does significantly deviate from the common Christian and Islamic conception…(read more)

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Vajrayana Buddhism and the Two Truths: An Illustrative Example: part 2

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In the view of Vajrayana Buddhism, as well as the view of Mahayana Buddhism of which Vajrayana is a specialized example(more on this to come), There are inexpressible numbers of Buddhas (as well as of sentient beings), that is to say, innumerable realizers of Absoluter Truth. The historical Buddha, once known as the prince Siddhartha, called Shakyamuni, is only one physically incarnated one. It is one of specific significance in Buddhist cosmology but those specifics are not relevant to this discussion.

Shakyamuni Buddha is said to have given 80,000 different teachings. The ultimate point of each of these teachings is the same though this ultimate point is described differently in different teachings. Some are more direct and some are more circuitous then others. The reason for this is the Buddha recognized… (read more)

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Vajrayana Buddhism and the Two Truths: An Illustrative Example: part 1

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Understanding the Principle of Two Truths can be difficult, especially in the context of spirituality. In this post I will look at Buddhism with an eye towards the functioning of the Principle of Two Truths. I have chosen Vajrayana Buddhism for two reasons. First, it is the system that I am most intimately familiar with. Second, because Buddhism in general and Vajrayana Buddhism in particular is, as far as I can tell, the most articulate in expressing the Principle of Two Truths among all the worlds spiritual traditions (as well as many other very important alchemical principles). It is very explicit in its discussion of it and is foundational to the whole system… (read more)

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Common Errors in Understanding the Two Truths

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The most common error made in regards to the two truths is to mistake relative truth for absolute truth. This frequently takes the form of mistaking the designations and indications for Absolute Truth as Absolute Truth itself and/or mistaking the methods (including the beliefs) for realizing Absolute Truth ( as Absolute Truth. This is known as Dogma. This also happens more subtly simply from a lack of recognition that there are Two Truths. It is our a subtle habit of our minds to take all truth as Truth. We often fail recognize the that any truth we can give words to is a relative truth. This habit of dogmatizing applies to all truths not just those concerned with Absolute Truth and truths concerning religion and spirituality but with all relative truths.

The other most common mistake… (read more)

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The Principle of the Two Truths

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Lack of understanding of the differences and relationship between the two truths – Absolute and Relative – is a core source of confusion.

In the Alchemical Paradigm there is only one Absolute Truth and, because it is nondual, it can’t be grasped… (read more)

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