Like The Sky, Quiescent

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Subtle and hard to know is the path of the great sages,
Nonconceptual, beyond conception, most difficult to contact.
It is pure, known only to the wise,
Its nature is quiescent, without extinction or origination,
Inherently empty, utterly tranquil, nondual, inexhaustible,
Liberated from all states, impartially reaching nirvana,
Without extremes or mean, not expressed by words,
Outside of time, like the sky,
Quiescent, ultimately silent, realized by the enlightened,
Most difficult to express by any manner of speaking:
Such are the stages of the bodhisattva and their practice—
Most difficult to speak of, more difficult to hear.

Beyond thought and the path of mind,
Elicited by knowledge, realized by the highest sages,
Not revealed by the elements of matter and sense,
Unattainable by mind, intellectually inconceivable:
Just as the tracks of a bird in the sky,
Cannot be described or seen even by the enlightened,
In the same way all the stages
Cannot be told of, much less heard.

Avatamsaka Sutra – 701, 702

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Interrogation Of Our Inner Experience

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If this is supposed to be not an actual absurdity
but a paradox that can be resolved,
what other method could help us achieve clarity
than the interrogation of our inner experience
and an analysis carried out within its framework?

Husserl, The Way Into Phenomenological Transcendental Philosophy From Psychology

Everywhere Inseparably Involved

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“It is a realm of something subjective
which is completely closed off within itself,
existing in its own way,
functioning in all experiencing, all thinking, all life,
thus everywhere inseparably involved;
yet it has never been held in view,
never been grasped and understood.”

Husserl, The Way Into Phenomenological Transcendental Philosophy By Inquiring Back From The Pregiven Life-World

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The Origination of The World

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“And what is the origination of the world?

Dependent on the eye & forms there arises eye-consciousness.
The meeting of the three is contact.
Dependent on the ear & sounds there arises ear-consciousness.
The meeting of the three is contact…
Dependent on the nose & aromas there arises nose-consciousness.
The meeting of the three is contact…
Dependent on the tongue & flavors there arises tongue-consciousness.
The meeting of the three is contact…
Dependent on the body & tactile sensations there arises body-consciousness.
The meeting of the three is contact…
Dependent on the mind & mental qualities there arises mind-consciousness.
The meeting of the three is contact.”

Loka Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya 12.44

The Sensation of Color

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“The sensation of color cannot be accounted for
by the physicist’s objective picture of light-waves.
Could the physiologist account for it,
if he had fuller knowledge than he has
of the processes in the retina and the nervous processes
set up by them in the optical nerve bundles and in the brain?
I do not think so.”

Erwin Schrödinger

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