Bodhi rests on an infinite well of right


Look at this question:

  • What right do you have to (claim or otherwise threaten to) identify (your self) with X (moksha, nirvana, utopia)?

We can see the reasonableness of this question. Take two people, identical in every way, except that one claims to have identified with the Urgrund. What right does she have to make that claim?

By the way, this question is the final stage in the Buddhist system of stages towards enlightenment.

You exist in an of a realm that is pervaded by necessary suffering—all the way down to the heart of the mathematical physics that plays out as the birth, expansion, and entropy-directed evolution of the universe. That is, suffering cannot not be. Suffering flows from biological concern—from the pathological clinging that keeps the organism alive. And biological concern, in turn, flows from the very heart of matter and spacetime. Atoms become negentropic cell colonies with feelings and desires.

So what right have you to be free of all this suffering?

In Buddhism, “suffering is destroyed” is identical with “reality is perceived.” The subject of knowledge, by perceiving the conditional nature of all presence, comes, through this epistemic process, to identify itself with the unconditioned.

A suffering-less self is one that accepts:

  1. accepts its plural basis,
  2. sees the truth of mereological nihilism, and
  3. identifies (itself) with (the) ultimate or unconditional reality.