Saturday, August 08, 2009

Lankavatara Sutra Chapter 2, Section XVII & Section XVIII

From here as usual.

Section XVII: Cause and effect, being intertwined, and existence and non-existence, being intertwined and densely related, and the non-independence of discrimination are characteristic of the eternal-unthinkable is the exalted condition of self-realisation and also of highest reality.

Section XVIII:
Further, Mahāmati, those who, afraid of sufferings arising from the discrimination of birth-and-death, seek for Nirvana, do not know that birth-and-death and Nirvana are not to be separated the one from the other; and, seeing that all things subject to discrimination have no reality, imagine that Nirvana consists in the future annihilation of the senses and their fields...

Therefore, Mahāmati, those who do not understand the teachings of the Tathagatas of the past, present, and future, concerning the external world, which is of Mind itself, cling to the notion that there is a world outside what is seen of the Mind and, Mahāmati, go on rolling themselves along the wheel of birth-and-death.

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