Excerpt About Fulcrum

The Dynamic Interaction of Seemingly Contradictory Views

For a long time in our school, we have been exploring reality in terms of various dimensions and qualities because that is how we learn about those views. Now I am saying that there is also another possibility—a perspective from which we can see all those points of view and their interrelationships. So when we consider various relationships—of the individual and the cosmic, of practice and grace, of dual and nondual—we see that it is not that they are two and they are connected. By looking closely at the fulcrum of their interaction—the exact nature of how they relate to each other—we can begin to understand the dynamic interaction of seemingly contradictory views. In doing so, we resolve the paradox in some sense. We realize that the paradox is not a paradox but a characteristic of the nature of reality. By “the nature of reality,” I don’t mean the ground of reality; I mean the dynamic way that reality functions. The view of totality shows us that an understanding can happen that brings the dual and the nondual together, that doesn’t consider them contradictory. The paradox is resolved only if we can perceive the dual and the nondual at the same time, and see both the value of each and how each is actually related to the other. So dual and nondual are one thing; practice and grace are one thing; the individual and the cosmic are one thing. If we explore the dynamic nature of these paradoxes, we understand something very important about how things happen, which will help us a great deal to be open in all our practices.

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