Buddhism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies, Volume V: by Paul Williams (editor)

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If, then, the realm o f enlightenment, which has vaimalya-vyavadana as its result, is the asraya-parivrtti o f alaya-vijndna, then what relationship is there between sruta-vdsandy which plays such a crucial role in dlaya-vijnana, and dsraya-parivrttil Asraya-parivrtti specifically means the severance o f the obs­ tacles o f passion and knowledge (klesajneyavarana). In Vijnaptimatrata, the severance o f passion issues in the body o f deliverance (vimukti-kdya)y while the severance of both obstacles issues in dharma-kaya.

546 Because it means “holding, (rten, dhfti),” it is “the basis o f all dharmas (sarvadharma-samasraya)” and not because it is their cause. The meaning of holding is the meaning o f basis (dsraya), and since it does not have the meaning o f cause, the term “basis” is also employed. , o f illusion, and Asahga fre­ quently indicates this contradictory nature o f dlaya-vijnana in contrast to the hearing o f doctrine (sruta-vasand) within the same inner subjectivity. 49 The term dhatu in the original verse may refer to the foundation (dsraya) o f all dharmas, and include both truth and illusion, but, if it be interpreted as dlaya-vijnana, then, in the Yogacara formulation, it must be understood only as the cause o f defilement.

Taddlambana-jndna, the wisdom that intends that as its object, has as its characteristic 68 69 70 71 72 the supernatural power (vasita) that knows not exhaustion, and because o f this we speak o f the radical re-orientation o f the basis o f the path {margasraya-parivrtti). The word tad [of tad-alambana-jnana] indicates the dharmadhdtu mentioned above. As that which is characterized by the abiding that knows no exhaustion, nirvikalpa-jndna attains that abiding without exhaustion in tathata, because it freely, abidingly, and universally operates.

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