By Marco Pallis
Essays distilling a life of idea and perform through one of many earliest explorers of either the actual panorama of Tibet in addition to it Vajrayana culture.
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A Mongol also once asked the writer if it was true that the British, as he had been given to understand, were all completely without superstitions of the kind commonly to be found among the people of his own country. ’ The above examples, which can be varied in a hundred ways, should be sufficient to illustrate the principle at play. People speak of prosperity as if they had a right to it regardless of their karma, and of adversity as if it were something in which they had no stake; but here again it is necessary to discriminate in the light of the respective karmic fruits.
It is the ambivalent character of the relative that is the root of change, for where there is more than one pole of attraction (or repulsion) there instability will prevail in some degree. What is wholly free from internal tensions cannot die, for what should there be to make it die? Whatever is liable to death, therefore, implies a dualism, the presence of forces pulling different ways, a composition of things partly incompatible, and this, by definition, is other than selfhood. It is the sharpening, in the course of becoming, of its internal contradictions that eventually causes a thing to fall apart, at the moment we call death.
Even when only incipient, a knowledge of the ultimate identity of Wisdom and Method is already a powerful means of gaining freedom from that obsessive compartmenting of attention between the notional and the bodily side of things, abstract thought and involvement in action, which has been responsible for so much damage in this world of ours. By living out this truth both as contemplation, when one can fairly call it ‘Wisdom,’ and practically, as Method, one can be brought to the threshold of that Mystery of which the Buddha has unlocked the door.
A Buddhist Spectrum: Contributions to the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue (Perennial Philosophy) by Marco Pallis