I think maybe it has the characteristics of a non existent phenomenon
Rinpoche: non existent phenomena are like the child of a barren woman or the horns of a hare. They do not exist
They say it is matter which does not reflect light. I would say it is both illusory and empty (but does it matter?)
But it has an energy associated with it
we both exist an do not exist...it's pretty amazing...
so it must be illusory?
Rinpoche: then it cannot be an non existent phenomenon... or could it?
Rinpoche: N, how do we exist and how do we not exist?
a phenomenon exists and has energy so I guess
Rinpoche: L, so, if it exists then we might say it is real?
om gate paragte parasamgate boddhi yes svahaaaaaaaaa!
Rinpoche: N, so how do we exist, if we do not exist due to transcendent identity
It is real if it exists
But a snowflake is real until it melts
Rinpoche: we might need to discover various points of reference to understand different kinds of real... isn't that so?
we exist in the flesh but our soul is transcendent
lama said...if i hit you do you feel? and Blake said...if a thing loves it is infinite, the ego is transient...but then there is the abyss...the thing in between...the mystery ♥
Rinpoche: what is real could depend on where our identity is lodged. If we identify with the transcendent, the world easily appears dreamlike and unreal.
The thing in between the mystery exists then? It is love isn't it?
What if your frame of reference moves between the transcendent and the physical
What if you view the physical through the eyes of the transcendent?
Rinpoche: then is dark matter empty, illusory or non existent?
neither. dark matter is merely the matter that we don't have the ability to see, yet. We may have to wait for future discoveries, or maybe a new stage of the life/death cycle. But I don't think it's very different from visible matter.
At this point, dark matter only "exists" in mathematical assumptions.
yes but those assumptions are compelling...IMHO
dark matter is illusory depending on your frame of reference ...it has an energy and it exists in your mind like feelings, thoughts, one's soul
feelings thought one's soul do not occupy "space" but they do exist