Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lankavatara Sutra Chapter 3, Section LXV

I'm using this translation, and of course nobody authorized me to say anything.

This section is best summed up in two sentences; this one:

The Bodhisattva-Mahasattva is said to have grasped meaning well, when, all alone in a lonely place, he walks the path leading to Nirvana, by means of his transcendental wisdom (prajna) which grows from learning, thinking, and meditation, and causing a revulsion first at the source of habit-energy by his self-knowledge (svabuddhi), abides on the stages of self-realisation where he leads a life full of excellent deeds.

And this one:

Further, Mahamati, the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva who is conversant with words and meaning observes that words are neither different nor not-different from meaning and that meaning stands in the same relation to words.

Words only point the way.  Although they arise from discrimination, they can lead out of it.

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