Let's do a thought experiment to try and explain how many of the statements in Zen and other equivalent philosophies can make sense. Like how can both the relative and the absolute co-exist?
First up, Time. Does time exist on its own? If time is a dependent experience or event or series of events then it doesn't exist outside of its dependencies. For example, change. If nothing changes then time does not exist.
Next, Mind or matter. Which one has primacy? If mind has primacy than matter is an outcome of mind or mental forces. Does this affect our perception of realness? Do they seem less real because now they are firmly within our influence or our realm of perception?
Then there's causality and sequentiality. If possibilities spin off their own universes and everything is happening simultaneously then a set of sad events or outcomes are offset by happy outcomes and all events have already happened if we step out of time.
If there are an infinite number of universes then the core or substrate is the same but what we perceive is defined by the boundaries we create or accept. And, everything that can happen has happened and it's up to us to exist fully in each timeless moment and do the best we can. And feelings and emotions are important and meaningless; a condiment to life.
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