A. Nothing can exist in complete isolation. Everything must depend on something for its existence. For example, in order for a chair to exist, firstly, there should be a person who sees and calls it a chair. Secondly, there should be things that are different and separate from the chair, that can be distinguished from the chair. In fact, each of the things that a chair depends on for its existence exists in the same way as a chair does. So, ancient masters would say that if a mote comes into existence, all the universe comes into existence along with it.
The point here is that nothing can come into existence without our acknowledgment. A chair, for instance, can be a chair only when we differentiate it from other things, think of it as a chair and refer to it as such. This is why the Buddha said that everything is from our mind.
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