With kindness, wisdom is very important. I am talking
about the two natures mentioned earlier, conventional nature and
ultimate nature. In order to develop wisdom, we must realize the
ultimate nature of mind - emptiness, shunyata. If we develop realization
of shunya, even a limited realization, it can affect all our concepts to
the objects. At the moment, we feel that objects appear as something
solid; something good as being one hundred percent good; something bad
as one hundred percent bad; because of that appearance, feelings of
anger and attachment grow and develop. With realization of shunya or
ultimate nature ,this solid appearance will be minimized and diminish.
The strong feelings of attachment when you see something good and
irritation when you see something bad will decline. Kindness (upaya) and
wisdom (prajna) should be combined. Without kindness, the pure
realization of the ultimate nature is good, but its effects are limited.
Just as the realization of pure kindness without the help of wisdom
cannot grow further; it stops. So you see, wisdom and kindness combined
are like two wheels; we can go very easily.
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