Another cause of hysteria ……
Another cause of hysteria is competition -- Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Buddha’s sublime joy knows no competition. It has no comparison because it does not dualize or separate. Buddha’s wisdom is not like a pair of scissors cutting apart but like a needle sewing together the torn fabric of life.
Sometimes those who have not tasted wisdom lineage confuse Buddha’s pure light wisdom mind lineage with external temporary lineage and so think lineage is a object in the power brokering of dharma business. Then people become lost in comparison, competition and narrowness and become ensnared in the dharma politics. Rather than using external temporary lineage to connect with subtle wisdom essence lineage it is possible to use external temporary lineage to build refuges for ego’s posturing.
Dharma, even realization, Buddhahood, is not status but only function. The function of Love in action. It would be best if all status, power, “specialness” could be stripped from dharma then people would not be tempted to use dharma a ornament of the eight worldly concerns.
If there is even the slightest trace of the thought or feeling “I am special.” there is zero precent dharma. If there is even the slightest bit of holding oneself over others then there is no realization. The radical nature of awakening is birth into the perfect wisdom of equality. In the wisdom of equality the poverty of self esteem which leads to the endless attempt to bolster ego through “specialness” is dissolved in the direct seeing of the meaning saturated field which we call appearance. Where all appearance is Buddha Nature’s display there is no more higher and lower. There is no more special and not special.
Individuals build individual ego through “specialness,” groups build group ego through “us versus them” mentality - both of these stem from ego’s inherent insecurity. But ego can only ever be insecure because it is impermanent and no amount of “specialness” can ever change this fact. Only dissolving in the Reality Place can solve the riddle of ego. This is the invitation of Buddha’s substanceless wisdom lineage ..... may all external lineages and Lamas come to recognize they are servants only.