Yes, sweet person, you are quite right. We are only now getting to know each other. My feelings are that it is going to be profitable for both of us, if we hang in there.
Language usage is certainly the stumbling block in discussing most of these more subtle subjects of the Spirit.
Unlike your self, I believe that where we disagree, or differ, may actually be the most consequential moments of all. This is where we get to shake the tree, and see what is hiding in its branches, don’t you think?
I believe in the Tao, which is the One, as well. But, how this is described can make all of the difference, don't you think?
For, we might ask after all, what is united if there is only the One? I do not believe that ‘Unity’ is like a jigsaw puzzle, or a putting together of separate little pieces to form one big picture, yet at the same time each little piece remaining autonomous, much like what the Christians might call the soul.
The Hindu’s have Atman and Brahman as One, literally, and it is only our perspective that sees these as being any different.
I am glad that you don’t see humanity as being set apart from the entirety. But, how what you describe this entirety? Is it multiplicity homogenized, or simply one big canvas? If so, where does Nagarjuna’s “empty of the emptiness” enter in?
Where would the idea of transcendence enter into your picture? Is it just a bigger window, with more information, as in instead of a porthole we now have a picture window?
I fully agree that true compassion only grows out of the insight that we are in fact one. This is not, for me, just a karmic idea like "what goes around comes around," but rather that each individual self is merely one of many costumes put on and taken off by the Ultimate One Self. So that your costume isn't my costume, I am this other persona, Tom is not Harry, but rather our Essential Self, everyone's Essentisl Self, is the One, and never was actually seperate except in the dreams we call life.
Said slightly differently. We are each the hub of this one wheel, the wheel of life and death. But similtaneously each individual is a spoke of that same wheel.
I have no idea if there is an end of the game? Maybe dreams just continue, but we need not suffer? It really matters little, if the dream is not us, does it? Dreams may be just like one big toy box.
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Buddha never promised to eliminate the dreams, only the suffering.