Excerpt About Realization

Expanding the Power and Freedom of Our Inquiry

We will begin by examining the dynamic of realization, which is the relationship between the practice of the individual and the unfolding of reality. Following this line of inquiry reveals various delusions of practice, each of which we will explore at some length. But in order to fully understand the significance of practice and realization, we need to look at the dynamic from both perspectives—that of the individual practicing and also that of reality living its life as individual practice. What allows our inquiry to become nimble enough to consider both perspectives at once is the view of totality, one of the wisdoms that emerges from the fourth turning of the wheel. The view of totality, which can entertain multiple views without having to attach to or be constrained by any of them, expands exponentially the power and the freedom of our inquiry.

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