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The Dressed-Up World

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Relative truth, or kundzop in Tibetan, is the phenomenal world, which is an outfit, a self-existing show. The phenomenal world is a performance, living theater. Relative truth is a show-off, a bluff. There is no substance, but there are still a lot of things going on. The relative world should not be looked down upon, however. This dressed-up world is actually very hard to work with. To realize the relative truth as truth, you need to transcend neurosis and psychosis. When you have become sane through your relationship with the teacher, or your spiritual friend, and you have experienced egolessness fully, you see that the real world is actually a real world. You see the world of reality completely and fully without any problem and without any big deal.

From The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 150–151

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