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    Sunday, October 25, 2009

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    These are some notes from a religious diversity talk that some fellow co-workers and myself gave at work.

    The Three Seals and Enlightenment

    Nothing found in the physical world or even the psychological realm can bring lasting deep satisfaction. Why is this so? Because…

    All conditioned things eventually cease, all conditioned things are in a constant state of flux. (reincarnation) Why is this so? Because…

    The human personality, or “ego”, is just a conventional label applied to a temporary assembly of physical and psychological components, each component is subject to constant flux; there is no central core, or enduring “essence”. Nor is there a beginning or ending.

    This same analysis also applies to impersonal phenomenon such as the weather, mountains, rivers, the sky etc.

    (analysis of the chariot: “chariot” is just a label applied to a temporary assemblage of causes and conditions that will inevitably cease to exist. While the label “chariot” is a useful concept, it does not have any inherent existence from its own side).

    This assemblage of causes and conditions and the labels we place on them is known as “samsara” (Skt. ‘continuous flowing’).

    Our suffering (Skt. ‘dukkha”, suffering, pain, out of balance, out of joint, out of synch) arises from clinging to phenomenon as though they did have an inherent and enduring “essence”.

    From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. Long have you thus experienced stress, experienced pain, experienced loss, swelling the cemeteries — enough to become disenchanted with all fabricated things, enough to become dispassionate, enough to be released."
    The Assu Sutra

    Meditation brings us closer to realizing the truth that all created objects (sentient beings, material objects, impersonal phenomenon.) are “empty”; that is to say they do not have inherent existence. They exist in a conventional sense, but do not exist in an ultimate sense (i.e. the Two Truths). By realizing emptiness we sever the roots of attachment, greed and anger.

    Enlightenment (bodhichitta, Skt. ‘awakened mind’) is the realization of emptiness combined with an overwhelming sense of compassion for the suffering of sentient beings and the wish to relieve all sentient beings of suffering.