Because of false thoughts therefore sinking in birth

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Unformatted text preview: otion of dream-like, illusory, character of everyday life. Mappo belief among many monks/populace. Argument Birth and death, rebirth = all should be seen as dreams (illusory). Ignorance = lack of understanding that one’s mind is Buddha. Waking up from dreams reveals them to be “empty”—which matches teaching of Great Vehicle (Mahayana). Birth, death, dreams: all are, fundamentally, empty phenomena (“elements”). “ ‘Because of false thoughts, therefore sinking in birth and death; because of knowing reality, therefore realizing bodhi [i.e., wisdom].’ This means that Buddhas and sentient beings, because both are pure in th...
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2014 for the course RLST 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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