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July 20, 2011


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The accusation of dualism is somewhat without rigor here because where you have real existence theoretically compared with empty existence, or the absolute compared with the illusory, that's not really a dualism.
Any "form" as a mere formation, is not elementally opposed to tathata; it has no existence to itself. To describe the five khandhas as evil or speak of Mara is no contradiction of this because one can (and philosophers have been able to for centuries) think of evil as mere privation rather than elementally opposed to good.

Kojizen; And I was hoping you were not a dualist, but alas :(

Clyde, I was hoping that you were not one of the Buddhist dullards who believe the Heart Sutra is really saying the five skandhas, because they are empty, are absolute! Alas, it is not so! You disappointment me, Clyde. :(

If I remember, The Zennist has, on a number of occasions, reminded the reader that the five skandhas belong to Mara the evil dude.

Zennist; Do you ignore the Heart Sutra and other Mahayana and Zen sutras and commentaries which clearly proclaim:

"Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form;
form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form;"

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