Abhisamayalamkara with Vrtti and Aloka by Vimuktisena, Haribhadra, Gareth Sparham

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Then this is truly a Bodhisattva, a great being's preceptual advice (a v a v a d a ) and instruction (an u sa sa n i) in the perfection of w isdom . There instruction in precep­ tual advice is teaching about what should be done for attain­ m ent of the desired goal. Advice takes nondegeneration as its point of departure and shows how to protect good quali­ ties already achieved. Instruction takes attainm ent of good qualities yet to be attained as its point of departure. , Jewels, nonattachment, indefatigability, full acceptance of the path, five eyes, six qualities of direct knowledge, path of seeing, and the path called meditation.

And why? Because the very Buddha is the know ledge of all aspects, the very know ledge of all aspects is the Buddha. The very enlightenm ent is the know ledge of all aspects, the very know ledge of all aspects is enlightenm ent. He is highlighting the fact that know ledge of the sam eness (sam ata-jn aiia) of support and supported is the Buddha. " He does not join up thinking that form is perm anent or is not perm anent, and so on. Based on the consideration that dispassion is the dharma/' to dem onstrate a state of total dispassion he says, A B odhisattva does not course in per­ fect w isdom for the sake of the perfection of giving, and so on for the sake of any perfection.

Response]: This is indeed true, but here it is indicating the result by its cause based on the fact that [Bodhisattvas] produce the thought of Buddhahood when they yearn with desire to bring about [in them selves] the wholesom e dharm as [that w ould effect their aim ]. W holesom e dharmas occur naturallv for those w ho yearn with desire to bring them about. A lternatively, yearning or prayer, in an extended usage, refer to the p ro­ duction of the thought operating w ith it, based on the fact that yearning is the main thing at the tim e the thought is produced.

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