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 +'''​Absolute'''​ (Tib. ''​döndam'';​ [[Wyl.]] ''​don dam''​),​ or [[absolute truth]] (Tib. ''​döndam denpa''​) — everything has an absolute and a relative aspect: the absolute or ultimate is the inherent nature of everything, how things really are; the conventional or relative is how things appear. In the teachings, these are known as ‘the [[two truths]]’,​ but they are not to be understood as two separate dimensions, rather as two aspects of a single reality.
 +
 +==Subdivisions==
 +[[Patrul Rinpoche]] writes<​ref>​[http://​www.lotsawahouse.org/​patrul/​two_truths.html An Instruction on the View of the Mahayana Clarifying the Two Truths by Patrul Rinpoche]
 +</​ref>:​
 +
 +In its essence, [the absolute] is without any divisions, but still it is possible to speak of ‘divisions’ according to whether or not this reality has been realized. Thus, there are divisions into 
 +*the absolute which is the basic nature itself and 
 +*the absolute which is the realization (or ‘making evident’) of this basic nature. ​
 +Then again, there is the division into 
 +*the absolute that is clarified<​ref>​Literally “about which misconceptions are eliminated.”</​ref>​ through study and reflection and 
 +*the absolute that is experienced through [[meditation]] practice; ​
 +or 
 +*the absolute that is conceptually inferred by ordinary beings versus ​
 +*the absolute that is experienced directly by [[Arya|noble beings]]. ​
 +There is also a division into 
 +*the conceptual absolute (''​namdrangpé döndam''​) and 
 +*the absolute that is beyond conceptualization (''​namdrang mayinpé döndam''​).
 +
 +==Notes & References==
 +<​small><​references/></​small>​
 +
 +[[Category:​Key Terms]]
 +[[Category:​Philosophical Tenets]]
  
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