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It is through perceiving them in accordance with reality That the two types of attachment arise no more. 23 According to the [ultimate] meaning,24 attachment to “self” is invalid. 25 030 3) Reality-Based Perception of Aggregates Defeats Self-grasping View If one perceives that the aggregates themselves are not real, Then the view imputing existence of self no longer arises. Through complete cessation of the view imputing a “self,” The aggregates themselves no longer arise. 031 4) Analogy: Aggregates Like Mirror, “Self” Like an Unreal Reflected Image It is just as when a person using a polished mirror Is able to observe the reflection of his own face in it.

009 [Response (9a–15d)]: Because this Dharma is so profound, When with the common person, it is kept secret and not discussed. The teaching that the world is like an illusory conjuration Is the sweet-dew ambrosia (amṛta) of the Buddha’s teaching. 010 This is comparable to a magically-conjured elephant64 Which, even being such, may be seen to appear and disappear. As for this elephant as well as its appearance and disappearance, From the perspective of reality, it is discerned to be non-existent.

7 C. The Topics and Their Sequence 003 First, I shall explain the dharmas causing happiness, Afterwards, I shall distinguish the dharmas generating liberation. Beings place obtaining happiness as foremost, And then afterwards pursue liberation. 1. ” “Liberation,” refers to the extinguishing of delusions. Generally speaking, the causes for these two Lie solely in two faculties: faith and wisdom. 005 a. The Roles of Faith and Wisdom Due to faith, one is able to uphold the Dharma. Through wisdom, one’s comprehension accords with reality.

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