When we realize that we cannot catch hold of phenomena at all, that is what is known as "absolute truth." There is an absolute quality to the fact that we cannot fool ourselves. We can try to fool our teacher, who tells us to sit, and we might think that we can fool the dharma, the teachings, which say, "Go sit. That is the only way." But we cannot fool ourselves. We cannot fool our essence. The ground we are sitting on cannot be fooled.
From "The Five Paths," in The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation, pages 102 to 103.
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