Intrinsic Nature, Fundamental Transformation, Non-conceptual Wakefulness


Pemba Lama

TSTD 302

28-Mar-2016                                  Short Paper – 2

 

The differences between intrinsic nature, fundamental transformation and nonconceptual awareness is that the intrinsic nature is the reality of whole phenomena being free of all extremes form the beginning of time. The phenomena is relative truth that can be cognized or lies on the extremes of existence, while the intrinsic nature of phenomena is ultimate truth being free of conception that is referred as suchness in another word. Ultimate truth is not a separate entity apart from relative truth. Relative truth is the basement of ultimate truth, because the nature of relative truth is nothing more than emptiness that is free of duality, free of exception and so forth free of extremes. It is like that of final truth of nature revealed by Buddha after going through the final fundamental transformation of completely understanding ‘suchness’ through whopping out obscurations completely from the mindset giving arise to the nonconceptual awareness that is free of whole extremes of conception.

Intrinsic nature which is free of whole extremes and targeted as an object to be identified by bodhisattvas at the path of practices (five paths and ten grounds). The bodhisattva who had attained the path of seeing has gained the nonconceptual awareness at the time of equipoise meditation, such is the bodhisattva who has fundamentally transformed himself to the quality of noble arya with the ability of quality wisdom (nonconceptual wisdom) to enter into the equipoise meditation of direct realization of the intrinsic nature of whole phenomena. Specifically, the bodhisattvas are able to have fully active nonconceptual wisdom at the time of equipoise meditation. Bodhisattva’s realization of intrinsic nature of whole phenomena at the state of equipoise meditation is same as that of Buddha’s realization of intrinsic nature of whole phenomena. The fundamental transformation of Bodhisattva on first bhumi versus the path of no more practices (state of Buddhahood) has several differences in terms of quality of realizations of intrinsic nature. Fundamental transformation of bodhisattvas and that of Buddha is all that differentiate Buddha from those of bodhisattva. Through the fundamental transformations, the bodhisattva gains the nonconceptual awareness which is directly connected with the reality of whole phenomena (intrinsic nature). When Bodhisattva wakes from equipoise meditation and enters the stage of post-meditation, it is likely that bodhisattva on path of seeing will gain 1200 qualities, Bodhisattavas on second Bhumi (path of no-stain) gains 12000 qualities, and higher the state of realization (path of bodhisattva) greater the number of qualities. In the final path of no more learning is the state of Buddhahood where the bodhisattva from the final stage of tenth bhumi is fundamentally transformed to the stage of 11th Bhumi (Buddhahood) is permanently unmoved from the state of equipoise meditation for the numbers of qualities of Buddha is incalculable and nonconceptual wisdom is thoroughly awakened.

The nonconceptual wisdom is always there in the state of equipoise meditation. it is know through that the bodhisattva on the equipoise meditation does have direct realization of intrinsic nature and not at the state of post meditation. At the path of no more learning or no more practice is the only state in which we had no any conception of Buddha moving in and out of equipoise meditation and post meditation. In the text “The middle way” in the chapter of 11th bhumi, it is concluded that Buddha is the state of being one with the dharmakaya and doesn’t move in and out of equipoise meditation and post-meditation. Also from the “Diamond cutting sutra’s final passage”, it is said that Buddha is permanent, those person who perceives Buddha as form, sound, are the person who have fallen into the term of wrong view, such persons won’t be able to see me.

The differences of bodhisattva and that of Buddha’s realization of intrinsic nature is that of having greater and clearer direct realization of intrinsic nature. For the bodhisattva on the path of seeing, the direct realization of intrinsic is like that of a person with healthy eyesight having direct perception of human form in dark room with the help of light from immersing from out of window. The bodhisattva on 2nd Bhumi will have much clearer and greater direct realization of intrinsic nature and so forth much greater and clearer direct realization of intrinsic nature by bodhisattvas on the higher levels. The stage of Buddhahood is the only state at where the direct realization of intrinsic nature is completely clear and greatly understood with never-changing nonconceptual awakened wisdom fundamentally transformed through completion of whole merits and virtues along with abandonment of complete coarse and subtle afflictive and cognitive obscurations.

 

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