By Fernando Tola, Carmen Dragonetti
This paintings is meant to the learn of the Yogacara Buddhist philosophy including its commentaries and notes for greater comprehensibility of the contents of 3 edited and translated texts, specifically, Alambanapariksavrtti of Dignaga; the vimsatika Vijnaptimatratasiddhih of Vasubandhu and Trisvabhavakarika of Vasubandhu
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DOCTRINARY COMMENTARY OF ALAMRANAPARIKSAVRTTI • • Previous Remarks Let us begin indicating that Dignaga himself gives in paragraph 2 the definition of the “object of cognition” (yul in Tibetan, tnsaya in Sanskrit), term that appears in karika I c; and that he gives in paragraph 5 the definition of “support of cognition” (dmigs-pa in Tibetan, alam bana in Sanskrit), term that appears in the first paragraph. The definition of “object of cognition” is the following one: something is object of the cognition when 1.
E. to pure sensation. 14. Explanation of recollection through the mechanism of the vàsanâs (Section XXXI). 15. The world transcending knowledge as a means to attain True Reality and to becom e free from the vâsanic sleep (=error consisting in considering objects as real and external) (Section XXXIII). Being as Consciousness XXX 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Possibility of a consciousness as determining and influencing another consciousness. Avoidance of isolation of consciousnesses (Section XXXV). Moral responsibility’s dependence on the conscious state of mind, which is proper only of the normal waking state (Section XXXVII).
We have divided the text into sections with subtitles. And we have adopted the same procedure in the translation and in our commentary on the text. DOCTRINARY COMMENTARY OF ALAMRANAPARIKSAVRTTI • • Previous Remarks Let us begin indicating that Dignaga himself gives in paragraph 2 the definition of the “object of cognition” (yul in Tibetan, tnsaya in Sanskrit), term that appears in karika I c; and that he gives in paragraph 5 the definition of “support of cognition” (dmigs-pa in Tibetan, alam bana in Sanskrit), term that appears in the first paragraph.