The Same Existence As A Dream

On June 21, 2016 Geshe Wangchen provided a very useful example of the conventional truth.
This example of conventional truth came out of a discussion about the emptiness verses (#104-#117) from ‘Wheel of Sharp Weapons’ by Dharmaraksita.

The example went like this: both a person that we meet in the street and a person that we meet in our dream conventionally exist in the same way. There is no difference in the way that they both lack independent, inherent existence. They are conventionally the same. The only difference is the actions performed by the person in the street have karmic consequences, whereas the actions performed by the person in the dream have no result.

I found that this example really challenged my understanding of conventional truth. When Geshe Wangchen gave this example he didn’t mean that we should think “this is not happening, this is not happening, this is not happening”. Rather, conventional existence appears very vividly and very strongly. But with this example in mind I am able to question that appearance and reduce the desire and attachment based upon that appearance.

 

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