28 January 2013

Contemplation: Many Explanations

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:

Reality itself is beyond verbalization, but one must use conventional language to encounter reality.  The Path cannot be grasped through discussion, but stages [of attainment] can be discerned through the process of discussion.  Therefore many explanations are conventionally presented for the sake of beings in this realm of suffering, and to teach [the truth for the sake of] the deaf and the blind.

Gishin, The Collected Teachings of the Tendai Lotus School, p. 45.

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