Intellectual Foundations of Great Perfection
Maybe I'll start with this quotation:
"Yet all theories are indistinguishable insofar as they consistently assert that causes and conditions give rise to effects that are established through direct perception and nonobservation, from which one's assertions about the actual existence of a given appearance and how it actually pertains [to reality] are established and the similar assertions of others regarding what is actual are disputed as being about what is nonexistent and does not pertain [to reality], because of being established as about what is totally imaginary'. (Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle, pg. 92)
After a few readings, I think I've got it up to "because of being established as about what is totally imaginary" but that could change tomorrow, next week. . . or not.
Dominic Sur's new book, Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle: Dzogchen as The Culmination of Mahayana is a breath of fresh air as Rongzom Pandita does not in the least shy away from telling it like it is, unlike others who water down to attract an audience or maybe they feel obliged to succumb to the new low in these degenerate times.
Here's something valuable we can all learn and understand.
All Buddhist vehicles use the word illusion in relation to understanding appearances. But, did you know that illusion means something different in each vehicle from Sravaka to Great Perfection? These are vital distinctions because how we understand the word illusion influences our experience of illusions.
In any case, Great Perfection cannot be intellectually mastered. . .
. . . but this is not say that intellectual training is not required.
Reasoning is a foundational pillar of Buddhism. Among today's Great Perfection adherents, it's often disregarded or disparaged. "Just rest in the nature of mind. That's all you need".
Let's be clear: nowhere does it state that reasoning is antithetical to Great Perfection. What is said is that limiting oneself to reasoning distances one from Great Perfection.
With the gift of this book, it becomes possible to read and follow Rongzom's mind—with no pressure to understand everything. When least expected, aha moments do happen. They change our way of thinking and that changes our way of being, not to mention the rest of our day!
Times are always bad in samsara. Dharma tries to shed some light on why. Curious?
Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle, translated by Dominic Sur, Kindle and hardcover.