Monday, May 10, 2010

Lankavatara Sutra Chapter 3, Section LXVII

Yes, I'm using this translation, and of course nobody authorized me to say anything.  Take my words at your own risk.

...All differentiation in transformation is to be regarded as due to discrimination, such as the thickening of milk into curds and the ripening of fruit into a liquor...
...[R]eally there is nothing transformed, for the external objects of which being and non-being are discriminated, are what is seen of Mind itself and have no reality of their own. In the same way, Mahamati, what is regarded by the ignorant and simple-minded as the evolving of objects is no more than the discrimination of their own mind, and,  Mahamati, there is really nothing evolving, nothing disappearing, as it is like seeing things that evolve in a vision and a dream. Mahamati, it is like perceiving the rise and disappearance of things in a dream; it is like the birth and death of a barren woman's child.

That about says it all, as I read it.

It's good to be reminded of such things when it's one of those days where you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but aren't quite aware of it until about 20 minutes into your day. Or other days...

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