Phenomenal life is overwhelming —that is its nature: the suffering of pain, change, and conditioning. The experience of phenomenal life is fundamentally contrary to true purity, self, bliss and permanence, our ultimate reality, of which we are intuitively aware. If we did not have this intrinsic awareness of Natural Perfection, we would not be surprised or displeased with experience.
Unfortunately, wrong views and afflicted emotions lead us to want to superimpose Natural Perfection on phenomenal reality, when they are two truths, in two different spheres. Ultimate truth is transcendent. It has nothing to do with conventional truth, except as the sun is related to the shadow.
The two truths are not identical, since conventional truth is fabricated (imputed by the dualistic mind, mere appearance) and dependent (produced by causes and conditions), while ultimate truth is truly established (not an object of consciousness, uncompounded, independent, and substantial). They are also not…
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