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The Path of Continuity: Spontaneity and Dependent Arising

Anne Carolyn Klein and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

in Unbounded Wholeness

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178494
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178491.003.0005
 The Path of Continuity: Spontaneity and Dependent Arising

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Spontaneity is a hallmark of Buddhahood. A central principle of Authenticity, spontaneity, is also integral to many features vital to Dzogchen's unique identity. Wisdom's status as primordial has to do with its being spontaneously arisen from the base and thus not dependent on causes. Likewise, wisdom is not paired oppositionally with delusion nor love with hatred, and so on, because all such qualities spontaneously arise in relation to the base. Wisdom's spontaneous presence also allows Dzogchen to maintain that wisdom itself is the path, meaning that path and goal are one, that meditative stabilization and its aftermath are a continuum, and that effort, being always conceptual, is not part of the path. This observation brings forward the question how a focus on virtue can itself be delusional, including such virtues as the cultivation of meditative stabilization. Virtue, like reasoning, has its limits, but is at the same time a crucial element in the overall pallet of scholar and practitioner alike. Here the inextricable connections between claims of spontaneous presence, primordiality, and unbounded wholeness can be seen.

Keywords: Authenticity; wisdom; spontaneity; virtue; unbounded wholeness; primordiality

Chapter.  7419 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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