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June 29, 2017


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Yeti; My understanding of Buddhism is non-dualistic, but not monism; and the few non-dualists I know would reject “monism as non-duality” or at most, see monism as a form of non-dualism.
In any case, it’s only words :-)


If one understands monism as non-duality, I don’t see how anyone can argue that Buddhism is anything other than monism, even with all the distortions present in today’s spiritually confused world. Non-duality cannot be “reified”, no matter how one might try. It is only the habit of dualistic cognition that could entertain such an obvious and false distortion of Buddhist practice. I don’t mean this in any other way but supportively, but without the direct cognition of the non-dual no amount of sutra study will suffice and its meaning will forever escape, which in my opinion amounts to a tragic loss of time in this brief and marvelous opportunity of human birth.

Yeti; I tried to make clear that I wasn’t asking about provenance, but about how the dharma teaching in the Heart Sutra refutes “Buddhism is monism”.

More directly to your point, Red Pine writes, “This is the function of this mantra: to go beyond language and the categories in which language imprisons us and to lead us into the womb of Prajnaparamita, which is the Gone, the Gone Beyond, the Gone Completely Beyond.”

p.s: The teacher does not “destroy the personhood (the aggregates) of the student” or any other illusion. At best, the teacher shows the way and the student awakens, as if by accident or grace, and sees things as they are. Easy ;)

OK, but let’s not reify atman . . . or Mind . . . or emptiness.

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