Monday, September 24, 2007

Vajra Verses - Part 3

This is the third line in the beginning of Vajra verses: ma dag pa'i snang ba.

dag pa is pure, and the ma in front is a negation, so this is impure. This is then bound with the 'i genitive particle to the next part.

snang ba means appearance. So this whole section is impure appearances.

We could now puzzle together the first third of the important Vajra verse opening lines: Impure appearances occur for sentient beings with mental afflictions.

Each of the three has three sections: what is supporting it, what the cause is, and what the appearance is. Here, the support basis is sentient beings. The cause is mental afflictions. The appearance is impure.

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