A Compendium of Ways of Knowing: A Clear Mirror of What by A-Kya Yong-Dzin Yang-Chan Ga-Wai Lo-Dr'o

By A-Kya Yong-Dzin Yang-Chan Ga-Wai Lo-Dr'o

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The immediate condition for the initial bare sensory perception is the conceptual mental cognition that immediately preceded it and with which you had the intention to look at the vase. The immediate condition for each of the subsequent moments is the cognition that came directly before it. As for such things as bare sensory perceptions grasping sounds and so forth, (their conditions are to be understood) in a similar fashion. From the Cittamatra point of view, the main and immediate conditions (or bare sensory perception) are explained in almost the same way (as from that of the Sautrantikas).

An example is your conceptual knowledge that sound is impermanent, gained after inferring this from the three validating factors. (5) A conceptual cognition of being mindful of something once more mixes a mental image with the original event or object. (6) One of fancying ahead about something in the future, or about what might have been if things were different, confuses a plan or an idea with the actuality of the present moment. Thus all six of these types of conceptual cognition are decep- SEEMINGLY BARE PERCEPTION 33 tive since they mix their appearing object with what they conceptualise about.

Ac~ording to the Mahayana tenets, Boddhisattvas enter theirs when in addition 28 A COMPENDIUM OF WAYS OF KNOWING they develop a pure motivation of Bodhicitta, that is an Enlightened Motive of working to become a Buddha for the sake of all sentient beings. Although their motivations and goals are different, and thus from this point of view their paths are also different, nevertheless according to the Sautrantikas each of these three follow similar practises on each of their five paths and develop the same wisdom.

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