21. Do not be attached to dualistic views,

Poem [1]From the play Xìn Xīn Míng Song to the Heart of Trust,
of the third ancestor chan Jianzhi Sengcan.
Translation and comments by Dokushô Villalba.
Editions i, 2008.

Two can't stand it, be careful not to pursue it

Do not be attached to dualistic views,
you have to be careful not to use or follow them.

Comment:

dichotomies [2]Division of a concept or a theoretical matter into two aspects, especially when they are opposite or very different from each other. are the basis of our automatic perception of reality. Unconsciously, we need to identify with one of the extremes in order to convince ourselves that the construct we call “Me” it is real. Buddhadharma teaches us that the ego is an imaginary mental construct. The “me and mine” are necessary to function in our daily lives, but at the end of the day they are a construction devoid of intrinsic reality. This causes a feeling of lack, of thirst for existence, that accompanies us continuously, whether we are aware of it or not.

One of the unconscious strategies we use to avoid the feeling of emptiness caused by this false “Me” is to stick to one of the extremes in which we split reality. This attachment gives us a false sense of Being which causes us a lot of problems associated with this identification.. Since it becomes something so fundamental for us that holding on to it we come to consider it a matter of life and death.. Indeed, It is the life or death of an imaginary entity that we have created, we keep alive in our imagination and what we believe to be.

Awakening is the end of the imaginations we have about reality, the end of what we think we are to be what we really are. our true nature, it is here and now in every moment, waiting to be updated through the awareness of this process to learn to free ourselves from these useless attachments, unsatisfactory and harmful.

Therefore, “you have to be careful not to use or follow them”. Namely, becoming aware of what we are holding on to and letting go of all the attachments that we irrationally identify with, be honest and let go of everything that does not bring peace and happiness to ourselves and to all the beings around us.

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1From the play Xìn Xīn Míng Song to the Heart of Trust,
of the third ancestor chan Jianzhi Sengcan.
Translation and comments by Dokushô Villalba.
Editions i, 2008.
2Division of a concept or a theoretical matter into two aspects, especially when they are opposite or very different from each other.

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