11 February 2013

Contemplation: The Bonds of Suffering are Severed Forever

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

Reality is unchanging and inherently has no marks of coming or going.  The nature of phenomena is to conform to habitual tendencies and function in the realm of distinctions.  Therefore Twelve-Fold Conditioned Co-Arising revolves and creates karma, and the causes and results of the three ways [of craving, karma, and suffering] alternate without rest.  If one is deluded concerning this reality, this inflames the cycle of birth and death.  If one understands this meaning, the bonds of suffering are severed forever. 
Gishin, The Collected Teachings of the Tendai Lotus School, p. 75

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