Monday, April 05, 2010

Lankavatara Sutra Chapter 3, Section LXIII

Yes, I'm using the translation here, and as usual, and I'm just doing this as myself, to get myself to read this stuff...

The question in this section:

What is the characteristic of the realisation by which I and other Bodhisattva-Mahasattvas, becoming thoroughly conversant with its meaning, may quickly attain the highest enlightenment, and, relying upon themselves, will not be led away by any speculations or philosophies?
 The enlightened state has

nothing to do with words, discriminations, and letters; that it leads one up to the realm of non-outflows; that it is the state of an inner experience; that it is entirely devoid of philosophical speculations and [the doings of] evil beings; and that, destroying philosophical speculations and [the doings of] evil beings, it shines out in its own inner light of attainment. These, Mahamati, are the characteristics of the realisation.
And, regarding  the teaching about enlightenment

It is variously given in the nine divisions of the doctrinal works; it keeps one away from the dualistic notions of being and non-being, of oneness and otherness; first making use of skilful means and expedients, it induces all beings to have a perception [of this teaching] so that whoever is inclined towards it, may be instructed in it.
The phenomenal world "resembles a dream," by contrast, but in Nirvana there is no greed, anger, folly or personal ego or desire, which "starts" the phenomenal world.

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