Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lankavatara Sutra Chapter 2, Section XX V

Still using this source, Suzuki's translation.

One thing I'll note here: there is within all the repetition, quite a bit of philosophical structure inherent in sutras such as the Lankavatara:

  • Assertions and refutations are not to be found in the Mind-only; the ignorant who understand not that the Mind is [seen in] the form of body, property, and abode, wander about with assertions and refutations.

  • This is evidently the case because since all phenomena lack an intrinsic essence (and "are/aren't that way" in a self-referential way)it's pointless to act as though they do. And thus acts of assertion and refutation concerning matters of "philosophy" (in its broadest sense - the love of wisdom) are reduced to acts of discrimination of a reality that is beyond discrimination.

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