These verses discuss how we can understand emptiness. Here Rinpoche takes the lines of the next verses in couplets, a series of questions and responses illustrating the power of mind and its illusory nature, and on how to create merit. He uses the example of dreams to explain how mental activity can create karmic consequences––and when it will not, even when all our experience is understood to be an illusion.
We have seen in previous chapters the way in which positive and negative karma and the generation of merit can arise through the result of physical actions. Here Rinpoche compares the mind that sees phenomena as real and the mind that generates illusory experiences and he looks at how ever-changing causes and conditions over a protracted period of time will change because phenomena do not truly exist in a concrete way. He explains how a mind engaged with emotions will cause a positive or negative karmic result and how this creates the causes and conditions for future experiences even though everything is illusory.
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