Absolute mind and relative mind.
Absolute mind in a relative world.
When we first hear about Buddhism, we want the top info!
“What do we want? Crazy wisdom! When do we want it?…NOW!” We want the shock treatment, now. This is our western mind talking, but first we need to be prepared –
or rather, unprepared… 😀
“Crazy stuff” comes in the moment just before Dzogchen/Mahamudra is introduced.
It can be very disappointing… 😀 “Oh is that all?”
Sometimes we get hold of information, and it might well be of a high order, but first we have to see what we are dealing with in our relative mind before relative and absolute are seen as a unity.
Relative: refers to something else, comparing, having a point of reference.
Having a duality.
Absolute: is free and unrestricted, not qualified or diminished in any way.
Having no duality, as there is nothing to refer to.
We must see and understand the playing field.
All we have to do is recognise
and see through the confusion.
That is why we meditate.
NB. If the word are not clear in the diagram-
Absolute mind. Each of us has pure awareness. Each of us is pure awareness.
Relative mind. Each of us has a unique pattern, a unique pattern of confusion.
The eighth consciousness in relative mind is called the storehouse of memories, the alayavijnana, is a residue of thoughts activated when we react, or re-enact. Then thoughts become full blown colour!