Appearances, like dreams, are devoid of any intrinsic existence. They come from nothing and leave nothing behind no matter how long they last. How can they appear if they are devoid of intrinsic existence? In fact, they can manifest in infinite ways like a dream or a rainbow that appears only through the combination of many factors briefly coming together. These factors can come together precisely because they do not exist autonomously, endowed with a permanent reality. No phenomenon exists alone, and none has a solid existence. Appearances will become more transparent and less solid as we familiarize ourselves with seeing phenomena as dreams and illusions.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
from the book The Great Medicine That Conquers Clinging to the Notion of Reality: Steps in Meditation on the Enlightened Mind
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