Tuesday, March 29, 2011

we understand ourselves as special instances of self-existing things that are nonetheless subject to the ravages of time and change

If I self-exist, how can I change?

How could I die?

For that matter, how could I have been born?

This is the simple contradiction that Nagarjuna uses to deconstruct self-being. That all phenomena appear and disappear according to conditions means that our usual way of perceiving the world as a collection of separately existing things is a delusion.

--- from "Awareness Bound and Unbound" by David R. Loy

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