Jose Ingacio Cabezon's A Dose of Emptiness ; An Annotated Translation of the sTong PDF

By Jose Ingacio Cabezon

ISBN-10: 8170303753

ISBN-13: 9788170303756

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22] The Mahiiyiinasamgraha, 63 having taught the theory of the foundation consciousness (kun gzhi) 64 and having refuted [the notion of] external objects (phyi don), goes into particular detail concerning the exposition of the three natures (ngo bo nyid gsum) of which the d~pendent (gzhan dbang) and the real (yongs grub) [are said to] truly exist. The Abhidharmasamuccaya sets forth in condensed form the main points of all such extensive explanations [mentioned earlier]. 65 What is more, the scriptures of Vasubandhu mentioned earlier also follow these [works of Asanga].

But to say that because it is ineffable in nature (brjod du med pa' i bdag nyid) that the ultimately existing, the correct entity (yang dag pa' i dngos po), never and in no way exists is not only nihilism, but the destruction [of the doctrine]. These two [faults] should be understood to be the utter degeneration of this doctrinal teaching. 83 And again, the Bodhisattvabhumi says: Thus, if someone should hear teachings as to the intended meaning of the sutras which are very difficult to understand, which [teach] the Mayayana, which [teach] the profound doctrine of emptiness, and having heard them, if they do not correctly understand the meaning which was explained, exactly as it is, but instead conceive of it in an 44 A Dose of Emptiness incorrect manner, then due to the conception born from such a mistaken [understanding, they believe] everything to be only labels (btags pa tsam), and that this is reality.

I bow down to you, my incomparable Master, who are the eye of beings in the three worlds. lsiira that binds them. Because the [3] tree of their ego grasping (bdag tu 'dzin pa) expands and once again spreads, I 24 A Dose of Emptiness see (their various religious efforts) as purposeless hardships. Out of compassion for them, and due to the kindness of my master, I will here explain the profound path. [The Buddha's Doctrine as the Ultimate Source of Salvation] When the wise begin to analyze what the state of greatest fulfillment for themselves and others is, they will not be satisfied with methods that eliminate suffering and bring about a form of happiness that lasts only the length of this life.

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