• Dianne McKinnon

Decoding the Ultimate and Relative Truths

That which is understood through direct valid perception - by means of a valid cognizer in whom dualistic elaborations have subsided- is the ultimate truth. That which is understood through perceptions cognized by means of the dualistic intellect- along with its manner of dualistic appearances - is the relative truth.

རང་མངོན་སུམ་དུ་རྟོགས་པའི་མངོན་སུམ་ཚད་མས་གཉིས་སྣང་གི་སྤྲོས་པ་ནུབ་པའི་ཚུལ་གྱིས་རྟོགས་པར་བྱ་བ། །དོན་དམ་བདེན་པའི་མཚན་་ཉིད། །རང་མངོན་སུམ་དུ་རྟོགས་པའི་བློ་གཉིས་སྣང་ཅན་གྱི་མངོན་སུམ་ཚད་མས་གཉིས་སྣང་དང་བཅས་པའི་ཚུལ་གྱིས་རྟོགས་པར་བྱ་བ། །ཀུན་རྫོབ་བདེན་པས་མཚན་ཉིད།

In defining the 2 Truth's Geshela quoted this verse. Geshela mentioned that it would be good for students to write down this notable verse that he cited as he gave commentary on vs. 2 of chapter 9. He stated that as this quote points out, realizing the ultimate truth is beyond the intellect and thereby can not be realized by means of the intellect. It is for this reason that that one must develop their practice of shamatha meditation to reach a point of stillness and focus necessary to perceive the ultimate truth- beyond the intellect. He reminded us of a quote he cited at the end of the chapter on meditation:

In the great flurry of thoughts and concepts, we are plunged into the ocean of Samsara. In the still of non-conceptual equipoise, we find the stainless pristine state, like the sky.

~The Buddha~

མདོ་ལས། །རྣམ་རྟོག་མ་རིག་ཆེན་པོ་སྟེ། །འཁོར་བའི་རྒྱ་མཚོར་ལྟུང་བྱེད་ཡིན། །མི་རྟོག་ཏིང་འཛིན་ལ་གནས་ན། །མཁའ་བཞིན་དྲི་མ་མེད་པར་འགྱུར།

Teachings by Geshe Jinpa Sonam



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