An Exposition on the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra, Vol. 1, pp. 286-287

Excerpts from An Exposition on the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra

Venerable Xiao Pingshi


 Those who have realized tathāgatagarbha are called to realize the emptiness-nature of prajñā. Prajñā is wisdom that encompasses both mundane and transmundane wisdom, and is a unique attribute of Mahayana. Those who have personally realized and experienced the various dharma-natures belonging to tathāgatagarbha’s emptiness-nature will gradually bring forth the wisdom pertaining to prajñā. Only then can they understand the prajñā sutras’ meaning of neither being nor nothingness, neither identical nor different, neither arising nor ceasing, neither coming nor going, and neither increasing nor decreasing. This is due to the nature of tathāgatagarbha, that which is intrinsically so.

 The emptiness-nature of tathāgatagarbha denotes not seeing, hearing, perceiving, and knowing. It does not know its own mind and neither makes decisions; it does not attach to or dislike the five sense objects or the Buddha Dharma. The tathāgatagarbha entity is neither being nor nothingness; it does not increase or decrease, arise or cease, and come or go. Furthermore, the tathāgatagarbha entity can give rise to all dharmas but is neither identical to nor different from all dharmas.


An Exposition on the Lankavatara Sutra, Vol.1, pp.286-287