Continuing the exploration through questions and answers, we enter more deeply into the dialogue. Rinpoche returns to Verse 12, discussing questions that arise when we confuse our understanding of the illusory nature of material things. It is difficult to even hold the concept that pain is illusory when we are experiencing suffering, so for this understanding to arise there must be some examination of what we normally hold to be solid to discover whether it is actually so.
The questioner asks why Buddhas, who have cut away from the causal stream of samsaric conditioning, still engage with the world? Rinpoche reasons that the Buddhas, because of their compassion and understanding, are able to move through worldly affairs without being affected emotionally in the way that ordinary beings are, because they have understood the illusory nature of things: thus they view phenomena differently to worldly beings.
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