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The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by garudha » Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:50 am

Invitation to forum members:

Please provide a profound and poetic statement/line/question/etc, "The absolute truth in one sentence", in this thread.

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by plwk » Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:37 am

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Can't get more profound than that...

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by dzogchungpa » Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:55 am

It takes a great being to be daring enough to cultivate a bad reputation. - Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by smcj » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:03 am

dzogchungpa wrote:
I can't top that. Well done.

:good:
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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:01 am

" " ?
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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by smcj » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:39 am

Johnny Dangerous wrote:" " ?

The Prajnaparamita Sutras come in all different lengths. One is 8,000 lines, I believe. The Diamond Sutra is longer that the Heart Sutra. The shortest sutra of all the Prajnaparamita Sutras is simply the letter "ཨ" (AH), hence my admiration for the answer to the O.P. It is also, not simply coincidence, the letter ChNN has you visualize in his guru-yoga I believe.
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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by dharmagoat » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:46 am

I'll have a go using words:

"Nothing is as it seems."

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by emaho » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:49 am

dzogchungpa wrote:
Yup. That, and:

"Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen." L. Wittgenstein, TLP
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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by smcj » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:53 am

dharmagoat wrote:I'll have a go using words:

"Nothing is as it seems."
Not bad. Along the same lines garudha wrote on the "Difference between CS. and mind" thread:
You don't actually exist so stop being so selfish.

End.
I like that one too.
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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by Simon E. » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:21 am

I see no reason not to frame that as " You don't exist so do whatever the frig you like "..

Which, should you ever drop in to certain 'Zen' forums, you will find is quite a popular view.

And which is the rationalisation of certain behaviours which denote a particular variety of personality disorder. Often stemming from psychological alienation.
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Will surely tell you my friend,
Any minor world that breaks apart
Can fall together again.
Any major dude will tell you."

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by LastLegend » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:45 am

"The absolute truth in one sentence" gives birth to all answers in this thread.
NAMO AMITABHA
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)

Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by Grigoris » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:16 pm

There is no absolute truth only relative lies?
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by seeker242 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:21 pm

I have to take a shit and we're out of toilet paper.
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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by Sönam » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:39 pm

In one word ... Emptiness

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by oushi » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:44 pm

Sherab Dorje wrote:There is no absolute truth only relative lies?
Best one so far.
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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by conebeckham » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:34 pm

Nothing is as it seems to be, nor is it otherwise.
དམ་པའི་དོན་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ཆེ་བ་དང་།
རྟོག་གེའི་ཡུལ་མིན་བླ་མའི་བྱིན་རླབས་དང་།
སྐལ་ལྡན་ལས་འཕྲོ་ཅན་གྱིས་རྟོགས་པ་སྟེ།
དེ་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ལ་ནི་ལོ་རྟོག་སེལ།།


"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
- (Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, from his summary of "The Ocean of Definitive Meaning")

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by Anders » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:42 pm

Although I am fond of Ajahn Sumedho's

  • "All your thoughts are garbage. You may think that some of them are good but you should consider the possibility that all your thoughts are garbage."

I think I will side with Shunryu Suzuki's assesment of the essence of Buddhism:
  • Everything is impermanent. Everything.
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by Anders » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:48 pm

Simon E. wrote:I see no reason not to frame that as " You don't exist so do whatever the frig you like "..

Which, should you ever drop in to certain 'Zen' forums, you will find is quite a popular view.
What are these forums? I haven't encountered them yet.
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by Simon E. » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:53 pm

Anders wrote:
Simon E. wrote:I see no reason not to frame that as " You don't exist so do whatever the frig you like "..

Which, should you ever drop in to certain 'Zen' forums, you will find is quite a popular view.
What are these forums? I haven't encountered them yet.
Well thats ok then isn't it...

If you drop me a PM I will tell you about one of them. :smile:
"Any major dude with half a heart
Will surely tell you my friend,
Any minor world that breaks apart
Can fall together again.
Any major dude will tell you."

Steely Dan.

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Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

Post by Vajraprajnakhadga » Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:49 pm

Absolute truth is illusory.

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