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By Thomas A. Kochumuttom

The writer exhibits that Yogacara metaphysics is largely almost like that of the early Buddhism. The texts incorporated herein are: (i) Madhyanta Vibhaga Karika bhasya, (ii)Trisvabhavanirdesa, (iii) Trimsatika, and (iv) Vimsatika

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1821 Perception [can occur without extra-mental object], Just a5 it happens in a dream etc. The phrase 'without extra-mental object' [uind-api-nrthena] is understood from the above discussion. A Treattse in Twenty Stanzas At the time when that perception occurs, The [corresponding external] object is found ; How can then one speak of its perception ? 271 not At the time when in a dream one has the awareness that 'this is being perceived by me', that object is not really seen by one; because, on the one hand, that awareness is determined solely by the thought-consciousness,and on the other hand, at that time the eye-consciousness is obstructed; therefore how can that awareness be recognized as sense-perception at all ?

E. from a representation of consciousness ] Does the memory arise. , and the subject. The same thoughtrepresentation of consciousness, which has with it the memory associate, appears as memory. So an experience of an external object is not proved from the fact that a memory arises. e. of an object 1. But it is not so [ i e. the common man does not l e a l i ~ e the ahenceof an object]. Thereforc, all perceptions are not without objects, as a dream-perception is. : argument does not make any point Because, Those who are not awake Do not realize that the object5 they seein a dream Do not exist Similarly.

Because, 17. , which appears as the respective object. e. from a representation of consciousness ] Does the memory arise. , and the subject. The same thoughtrepresentation of consciousness, which has with it the memory associate, appears as memory. So an experience of an external object is not proved from the fact that a memory arises. e. of an object 1. But it is not so [ i e. the common man does not l e a l i ~ e the ahenceof an object]. Thereforc, all perceptions are not without objects, as a dream-perception is.

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