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An Exposition on the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra, Vol. 1, pp. 146-147

Excerpts from An Exposition on the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra

Venerable Xiao Pingshi

 

It is called arising if a dharma originally did not exist but has now come to exist; it is called changing once the dharma has arisen but constantly keeps changing incessantly. During the dharma-changing process from the moment of arising until extinction, the dharma exists temporarily, which is called abiding. After a dharma has totally exhausted its transformation and disappears, this is called cessation. The notion of arising and ceasing thus pertains to one body with two sides; if a dharma arises, it will inevitably cease and subsequently be reborn again. Cessation and arising are, therefore, inseparable from each other. Only the ultimate nirvana is fundamentally neither arising nor ceasing.

 

An Exposition on the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra, Vol. 1, pp. 146-147