The Map Is Not The Territory ! 2

Ah, so how is it our own Minds seemingly deceive us into a mis-understanding of how “Reality” really is eh ?

For instance, when you are introduced to a person, you may try to remember “This person is called Tashi”. When you meet the person for a second time you may wonder “What is this person called” ? It gets easier and easier, and after a while you say “This is Tashi”

From : Gen Lamrimpa’s Realizing Emptiness: Madhyamaka Insight Meditation

A thought or concept arising in the mind has a kind of picture accompanying it. For example, when we think of Frankfurt, a picture of that place comes into our mind. Thoughts are always grasping at something and are mixed up with such pictures. This is the way thoughts interact with the Manas, or the discursive mind, the bio-computer in the human brain. The technical term “clear” means that these computer generated pictures never cover over our consciousness; on the contrary, our Awareness remains in its own original condition, like a mirror reflecting an object set before it. The mirror is not changed or modified by whatever object, good or bad, beautiful or ugly, is set before it. It clearly reflects all of them, whatever their nature may be. Rigpa is this capacity of the Nature of Mind, that is to say, it clearly reflects everything. But the Nature of Mind is in no way changed or modified by whatever is reflected.

How can we understand Shunyata? Take again the example of the blue flower. Pull apart the petals and where is the flower ? We find that there is nothing left behind. The flower is only a name for a phenomenon that we create with our minds and then use for purposes of communication. But it is nothing in itself. However, the naming misleads us because we think that what we name must exist and be real, whereas it is only a name.

Language has come to dominate our consciousness and we think things actually exist because we name them and speak about them. We falsely think that language mirrors reality. We give the world a structure according to our use of language. But we mislead ourselves. We should understand that this whole system of phenomena has been created by ourselves. Not understanding this, ignorance gives rise to the passions. But meditation can weaken the force of the passions by attacking this link, this fundamental belief in the inherent existence of things.

From : John Myrdhin Reynolds’ Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings

Now, if you are following what is being pointed at above, perhaps it is becoming clear how our Mental Map is like a Conceptual Abstraction and thus it is NEVER the Actual or the Real eh ? 🤔

You’ve heard of the phrase “Turtles all the way down” ? Well, I’m suggesting that, really, it’s more like “Concepts All The Way Down” !!! 😉

“Wisdom is knowing I am no-thing, Love is knowing I am every-thing, and between the two my life moves”

― Nisargadatta Maharaj

2 thoughts on “The Map Is Not The Territory !

  1. Reply Simon Nov 16,2019 3:31 pm

    Like a Horse to Water ... You Must Drink !

    Ah, but as far as I am concerned, unless the Intellect at least accepts the Principle of Anatta, how can it possibly Penetrate through its own Conceptual Map to the underlying Reality that is prior to the apparent arising of the Discursive Mind eh ? 🤔

    Because in our culture we overvalue the intellect, we imagine that to become enlightened demands extraordinary intelligence. In fact, many kinds of cleverness are just further obscurations. There is a Tibetan saying: “If you are too clever, you could miss the point entirely”.

    Patrul Rinpoche said: “The logical mind seems interesting, but it is the seed of delusion”. People can become obsessed with their own theories and miss the point of everything. In Tibet we say: “Theories are like patches on a coat, one day they just wear off”

    From : Glimpse After Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying

  2. Reply Simon Nov 16,2019 5:44 pm

    Adyashanti – The Experience of No Self

    It is ironic is it not that the thing that terrifies oneself the most … which is the absence of self (a very terrifying notion to a lot of people) … is actually the exact same thing which gives rise to Liberation, the Liberation from self !

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