"One may wonder why this description of the universe does not accord with that of other systems. The Enlightened Ones did not view any aspect of either the environment or the inhabitants of our world system as ultimately real. Therefore, the teachings are not one that, based on a belief in a single view, sets forth a particular system as the only valid one. Instead, they spoke in response to the various levels of capabilities, interests, and dispositions of those to be guided to enlightenment." ...JAMGON KONGTRUL (Lodro Taye: 1813-1899)...Kongtrul, Jamgon (Lodro Taye)..."Myriad Worlds: Buddhist Cosmology in Abhidharma, Kalachakra, and Dzog-chen"...(1995)
"Mahāmudrā (Sanskrit; Tibetan: Chagchen, Wylie: phyag chen, contraction of Chagya Chenpo, Wylie: phyag rgya chen po) literally means "great seal" or "great symbol." ......The mudra portion denotes that in an adept's experience of reality, each phenomenon appears vividly, and the maha portion refers to the fact that it is beyond concept, imagination, and projection.".....Reginald Ray, Secret of the Vajra World. Shambhala 2001, page 261.
"In general, all followers of the Great Vehicle assert that completely false truth is fabricated and superimposed onto genuine reality, while actual genuine truth is not fabricated and involves no superimposition." (Kongtrul: 1997..pg 47)
"We are working with iconography as a journey, rather than as entertainment or excitement or cultural fascination. We are talking about personal experience, how we actually see this world. There is a basic iconographic pattern in the universe, like the existence of the seasons and the elements, but how we react to that is individual.""....(Trungpa: Dharma Art.:1996...pg 94)
"In the Bon tradition, Dzogchen practice is the highest teaching. Through the practice of Dzogchen one can attain enlightenment in this very lifetime. Dzogchen is a Tibetan term that is made up of two words. The first word is ‘Dzog’, the second word is ‘Chen’. ‘Dzog’ means complete, and ‘Chen’ means great. In the West, Dzogchen is known as The Great Perfection. Dzogchen practice is found in Bon teaching and also in the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.....There are three lineages of Dzogchen in Bon tradition.....Dzogchen.....A-Khrid......Zhang Zhung Nyengyud.....The Dzogchen practice is to face each moment of our lives as it is without fear, and without judgment.....When we turn away from things as they are, we are creating a wall between the reality and the nature of our mind....When we are free from grasping imposed by conditioning, we make it possible to experience reality as it is. .....Anything that we do with a lack of awareness will strengthen our afflictions. It will not allow us to see reality as it is." ......http://www.olmoling.org/contents/dzogchen
ZHIDAG....."Tibetan Buddhists believe that there are countless types of beings other than humans and animals. Some are more powerful, happier, and more intelligent than humans, and others less so. Usually if there is no common karma or karmic connection, beings of different types will not encounter each other. Spirits are not necessarily births of the ancestors from a particular locality, but may have come from any kind of birth or realm." (Hidden Teachings of Tibet)
ONE TASTE.....Klein and Wangyal comment on the ultimate "one taste" and dynamic stillness of the Dzogchen state:... "cause and effect, sentient beings and Buddhas, subjects and objects, path and goal are ultimately revealed to be of one taste: movement from one to the other is no movement at all, really, but a dynamic stillness."......Klein, Wangyal, Unbounded Wholeness, Oxford University Press, 2006.
WIKIPEDIA......REALITY....."In philosophy, reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist. Philosophers, mathematicians, and other ancient and modern thinkers, such as Aristotle, Plato, Frege, Wittgenstein, and Russell, have made a distinction between thought corresponding to reality, coherent abstractions (thoughts of things that are imaginable but not real), and that which cannot even be rationally thought. By contrast existence is often restricted solely to that which has physical existence or has a direct basis in it in the way that thoughts do in the brain. Reality is often contrasted with what is imaginary, delusional, (only) in the mind, dreams, what is abstract, what is false, or what is fictional. The truth refers to what is real, while falsity refers to what is not. Fictions are considered not real."....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality
"Reality in Buddhism is called dharma (Sanskrit) or dhamma (Pali). This word, which is foundational to the conceptual frameworks of the Indian religions, refers in Buddhism to the system of natural laws which constitute the natural order of things. Dharma is therefore reality as-it-is (yatha-bhuta). The teaching of the Buddha constituting as it does a method by which people can come out of their condition of suffering (dukkha) involves developing an awareness of reality (see mindfulness). Buddhism thus seeks to address any disparity between a person's view of reality and the actual state of things. This is called developing Right or Correct View (Pali: samma ditthi). Seeing reality as-it-is is thus an essential prerequisite to mental health and well-being according to Buddha's teaching. Buddhism addresses deeply philosophical questions regarding the nature of reality. One of the fundamental teachings is that all the constituent forms (sankharas) that make up the universe are temporary (Pali: anicca), arising and passing away, and therefore without concrete identity (atta)."......http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_in_Buddhism
BARDO....."The Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State differentiates the intermediate state between lives into three bardos: The chikhai bardo or "bardo of the moment of death", which features the experience of the "clear light of reality", or at least the nearest approximation of which one is spiritually capable......The chonyid bardo or "bardo of the experiencing of reality", which features the experience of visions of various Buddha forms (or, again, the nearest approximations of which one is capable)......The sidpa bardo or "bardo of rebirth", which features karmically impelled hallucinations which eventually result in rebirth. (Typically imagery of men and women passionately entwined.)....The Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State also mentions three other bardos: those of "life" (or ordinary waking consciousness), of "dhyana" (meditation), and of "dream" (the dream state during normal sleep)....one can consider any momentary state of consciousness a bardo, since it lies between our past and future existences; it provides us with the opportunity to experience reality, which is always present but obscured by the projections and confusions that are due to our previous unskillful actions.".....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardo_Thodol
"...open awareness of Dzogchen, or rigpa (also comparable to the Buddha nature), is said to lie at the heart of all things and indeed of all Dzogchen practice and is nothing less than "... primordial wisdom's recognition of itself as unbounded wholeness... the incorruptible mindnature." This reflexive awareness of Enlightenment is said to be inherent within all beings, but not to be attainable by thought. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu points out that Dzogchen "refers to the true primordial state of every individual and not to any transcendent reality."......Reginald Ray, Secret of the Vajra World. Shambhala 2001, page 297.
"...There can be found within Dzogchen a sense of Reality as limitless wholeness, a multiplicity which is yet all of one "taste", which is a borderless wholeness. According to Lopon Tenzin Namdak, it is unconditioned and permanent, changeless, not originated from causes and conditions, blissful, and the base or support of numerous exalted qualities. "....It is at once base, path, and fruit".....That reality, unbounded wholeness, is naturally complete....the essence and base of self-arisen wisdom is the allbase, that primordial open awareness is the base, and that recognition of this base is not separate from the primordial wisdom itself. ...that open awareness is itself authentic and its authenticity is a function of it being aware of, or recognizing itself as, the base. ...The reflexively self-aware primordial wisdom is itself open awareness (rigpa), inalienably one with unbounded wholeness."...Klein, Wangyal, Unbounded Wholeness, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. v
"Mipham Rinpoche (1846–1912) (also known as "Mipham the Great") .....has said: The real sky is (knowing) that samsara and nirvana are merely an illusory display."....Quintessential Instructions of Mind, p. 117
de bzhin nyid......"Suchness/suchness, Skt. tattva. Synonym for emptiness or the 'nature of things,' dharmata, it can also be used to describe the unity of dependent origination and emptiness.......Suchness stong pa nyid/ marklessness, extreme of truth'/ Absolute truth/ dharmadhatu/ Emptiness, the markless, complete reality, the absolute, dharmadhatu just as it is, reality, "thusness", as it is (as 1 of the four non-compounds) - tathata - the simplicity of dharmadhatu......Tathata, suchness, like-this-ness, just-this-ness, just as it is, thusness, actual state of existence, reality, identity, essence, that-ness, pure fact of being, real nature, reality as it is, de (a pointer), bzhin (continuity of what is pointed out), nyid (emphasis, forget about anything else), SA rang bzhin rnam dag gi de bzhin nyid, glo bur bral dag gi de bzhin nyid, dri bcas dang dri med kyi de bzhin nyid, transcendent reality, essential nature itself, essential nature, just like that, just so, just that way, true meaning, true nature, the state of being just as it is, natural condition, the condition as it is, fundamental nature, essential condition "......http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/de_bzhin_nyid
"In particular, I would recommend Chogyam Trungpa, who elucidates these powerful ideas like no one else......A vastly oversimplified explanation of "suchness" is that it is our state of mind when we flash to a genuine experience of non-dual awareness. At these moments, past and future cease to exist, and we are entirely within the absolute perfection of a moment. All striving is seen as pointless, since each moment is a perfect one. There is no goal to achieve; it was a delusion to have been pursuing a goal at all, since Buddha-nature is already ours. We are said to experience "one taste," in which observer not only merges with the observed, but understands that there was never any separation at all......Trungpa describes these glimpses as "flashes," and points out that once experienced, the ongoing practice is to cultivate and stablize our ability to dwell within the flash of the awakened mind.".....http://mercurious52.blogspot.com/2008/11/few-words-regarding-suchness.html
"Likewise, rigpa is a flashing (or seeing or recognizing) this primordial purity; if physics arises in that purity, then it arises; if it doesn't, it doesn't. Whatever relative manifestation there is, it is illumined or lit by rigpa, as the one intelligence in the entire universe, which is true enough. But within that absolute space of Emptiness/rigpa, there arise all sorts of relative truths and relative objects and relative knowledge, and Emptiness/rigpa lights them all equally. It does not choose sides, it doesn't "push" anything. It doesn't push against anything because nothing is outside it.".....http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=2059&Itemid=0&limit=1&limitstart=4
"Historical reality" refers to the real facts and events of the past as they occurred historically, whether they were external or internal to the subject confronted by them. In general, historical reality stands opposed to wishful fantasies.....If we differentiate history from myth solely on the basis of facts, we will, however, run into conceptual difficulties over what a fact is and, more significantly, miss a larger difference. For a good historian, the past is, as the cliché goes, another country......." http://www.answers.com/topic/historical-reality#ixzz2MlXIUbRz
"Mādhyamika, (Sanskrit: “Intermediate”), important school in the Mahāyāna (“Great Vehicle”) Buddhist tradition. Its name derives from its having sought a middle position between the realism of the Sarvāstivāda (“Doctrine That All Is Real”) school and the idealism of the Yogācāra (“Mind Only”) school. The most renowned Mādhyamika thinker was Nāgārjuna (2nd century ad), who developed the doctrine that all is void (śūnyavāda)."....http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/355806/Madhyamika
Nāgārjuna (ca. 150–250 CE).....Buddhism in general assumed that the world is a cosmic flux of momentary interconnected events (dharmas), however the reality of these events might be viewed. Nāgārjuna sought to demonstrate that the flux itself could not be held to be real, nor could the consciousness perceiving it, as it itself is part of this flux....Nāgārjuna was instrumental in the development of the two-truths doctrine, which claims that there are two levels of truth or reality in Buddhist teaching, the ultimate reality (paramārtha satya) and the conventionally or superficial reality (saṃvṛtisatya)......"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle..."......http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nāgārjuna#cite_ref-12
The basic Mādhyamika texts were translated into Chinese by Kumārajiva in the 5th century
"Rigpa Beyond intellect, there is another layer of mind that is connected with fundamental intelligence. In Tibetan this is rigpa; in Sanskrit it is vidya. Rigpa means “knowledge that can comprehend subtle scientific experiences and demonstrations.” Rigpa is experience as well as referring to specific disciplines, such as the rigpa of scientific knowledge. It is very sharp, precise and proud of itself. It is like a computer, not of mathematics, but of self-respect, wholesomeness and command. Rigpa comprehends the fundamental sense of survival. It sees dualism and the sense of pattern. It comprehends a sense of being. Professor Guenther refers to noetic mind, which is rigpa or vidya. You have a sense of the actuality of being, which brings relaxation and less fear of existence. It is the pride of ego".....Chögyam Trungpa - Meditation: The Path of the Buddha (Talk 3)"
"The Allegory of the Cave is presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic to compare "...the effect of education (παιδεία) and the lack of it on our nature". It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. The allegory is presented after the Analogy of the Sun and the Analogy of the Divided Line....Plato has Socrates describe a gathering of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to designate names to these shadows. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners."....
John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….March 2013