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But don't we know, for example, objects like a chair aren't alive, or conscious? Or are they?
This is from another thread, where the question is slightly different. So . . .
In some paths the world (including chairs) are a 'manifestation of the veiled'. A personification or revelation of the ineffable. A chair is a thought of gods or God.
This is why as Buddhists, when it comes to God, we sit on it. For some a chair, for others an expression of care for asses.
This relationship between form and emptiness is experiential. If your universe is devoid of non caused Great Mindfulness, then sit. If you think you are The Chair - Sit. If the chair is empty . . . then . . . well you'll think of something . . .
What side of the great chair debate is your order based on?