Originally posted by buckky
The bad news is that you are falling through the air, there is nothing to hang onto, and you have no parachute. The good news is there is no ground. Reality is groundlessness. Everything is continually in flux and destined to fade.
Core Buddhism. But as with emptiness, there is a danger of leaning too much to one side . For emptiness (from which groundlessness arises or is a quality of), does not mean just "not existing".
The fullest explanation of Sunyata is neither existing, nor not existing, (the Middle Way), like quantum phenomenon, neither existing separately nor not existing.
As both Buddhist scholars and quantum physicists state - it is this very quality that allows the functioning of manifestation of phenomenon from sub atomic particles up. If every "thing" was a totally separated self existing thing, there would be no interaction at all, thus nothing, no manifestation. It is however impossible for such a state to be.
How does this relate to groundlessness?
Like emptiness it is neither correct to simply state there is no state of goundlessness, nor is it correct to simply say that such a state exists.
The manifested experience of standing upon ground or having reason develop from a grounded premise cannot be denied, ie 'the experiencing of'.
YET, because all manifestation of mind or matter is interconnected and constantly in flux, the experience of being grounded does not stand by itself alone - the very ground that we are experiencing ultimately dissolves and cannot be isolated or grasped as a thing in itself.
Why is this freeing, and good news?
What we are and what we are experiencing right now, good or ugly, imprisoned or free, healthy or ill, is NEVER the final definition or boundary.
It and we oursleves are a passing aware Suchness, never born and never to die, free to be and experience all that flows through us - LIFE - all the living experience of birth, life and death, of joy and pain, of victory and failure, of loss and discovery. All is a floating eternal Suchness, a very real dream.
If we attach ourself to nothing, not even the concept of a "self",
we are truly free to BE, in its fullest sense. (Temporarily attach perhaps, but not in a fixed, frantic rigid way, for that brings suffering)
Thanks for the post, buckky.