In this Wisdom chapter, we begin to examine the existence of mind and the illusory nature of thought. Here an example is given of a discussion between members of the Chittamatrin (Mind Only School) and the Madhyamaka or Middle Way School of Chandrakirti, as was taught at Nalanda and which Shantideva expounded as his philosophical stance.
Through a dialogue between two perspectives, we are given insight into how these schools of thought use debate, providing various everyday objects to illustrate the main point: Does mind exist separate from the object of its radiance? Can a sword cut itself? Can a light source exist independent of darkness?
The arguments presented challenge ordinary thinking and raise even more tantalising questions which Rinpoche elucidates in a profoundly simple way.
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