By Thomas Cleary
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The cost of INTRODUCTION labor reflects the cost of goods, energy, and transportation neces sary for the work force. The cost of transportation involves the cost of materials, energy, and labor necessary to the manufacture and operation of transportation systems. Thus each element in this anal ysis reflects and contains every other element. While this example is rudimentary, using an oversimplified scheme of analysis and stop ping at only one level of subanalysis, it illustrates how the net of Indra concept may be applied to the development of a balanced view of a complex of phenomena.
It cannot be known by mindfulness; it cannot be understood by mindlessness . . The six characteristics are ( 1 ) totality, (2) distinction, (3) sameness, (4) difference, (5) formation (integration), and (6) disintegration (differentiation) . The characteristic of totality may be likened to a house-this is the aspect of totality where as the beams and so forth are the characteristic of distinction. The various elements, the beams and the like, are joined to make a house-since each does not oppose the other and they The Four Realms ofReality do not make any other thing, it is called the characteristic of sameness.
Flower ornament meditation (complete teaching of the one vehicle) . 1. Prescriptions are designed in response to illness; when the ill ness is ended, the prescription is finished with. Medicine is dis pensed to quell attachments; when attachments are gone, the medi cine is done with. Since illnesses are manifold, the medicines given are not one. According to potentials, progress and practice differ; therefore techniques are not the same. Now, from just among the five mental stabilizations,l I shall explain the analytic contempla tion of the elements for those sentient beings who cling to self.
Entry Into the Inconceivable: An Introduction to Hua-yen Buddhism by Thomas Cleary