The ultimate goal of the dharma is to assist us in seeing what’s true – and the truth is that though we act out our daily lives in a realm of relative reality that emerges, abides for awhile, and dissolves as various causes and conditions temporarily come together, in absolute terms reality is unimaginably free, unimaginably open. At the same time, relative reality and ultimate reality complement each other. We cannot hold ourselves as something, as somebody defined by this or that characteristic or combination of characteristics or attributes. From time to time we need to come home to the simple fact that ulitmately we can’t be defined by our circumstances and just allow ourselves to rest in that openness.
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