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Samantabhadra and Scripture: Reasoning Resolved

Anne Carolyn Klein and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

in Unbounded Wholeness

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178494
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178491.003.0006
 Samantabhadra and Scripture: Reasoning Resolved

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Samantabhadra has a special and well-known place in both Bon and Nyingma understandings of Dzogchen's origins. Authenticity's further contribution is to invite Samantabhadra to preside over an inquiry into the relevance of reasoning, language, and concept to a path of nonconceptuality. In this regard, however, Authenticity does not consider a problem that its root text commentary must entertain — the extent to which phenomena that are the same in nature can authenticate or indicate the presence of one another. For, as an opponent observes, if one could use the sign, or reason, of one phenomenon to establish the presence of another with which it has no other relationship than being one in essence (ngo bo gcig) with it, then one would have to be able to establish an ox through the reason of a horse. This won't work, as there is no proof which establishes a connection between horse and ox, even though in a sense they are one in their nature of unbounded wholeness.

Keywords: Authenticity; reasoning; Samantabhadra; Bon; Nyingma; Dzogchen

Chapter.  13630 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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