By Sallie B. King
A Philosophical examine of the Buddha Nature Treatise and different chinese language Buddhist Texts
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I n Chinese . • . C. Graham, 35 111Being1 in Western Philosophy Compared with Shih/Fei and Yu/Wu in Chinese Philosophy,11 Asia Major 7 [December 1959]: 98 •)— Philosophically, yu and wu early took on the extended, abstract senses of existence and non-existence, something and nothing. These are used, for example, in the Taoist philosophy of Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu. However, 丄5 used primarily with regard to concrete things； the Tao, li (principle) and other such abstractions are only occasionally covered byyu, but are usually wu or neither YÜ nor wu.
This first level of misunderstanding is rejected in favor of the following suggested correct understanding of the two truths. preme truth. 11 The difference between the two truths, then, is not a difference between things existing or not existing, nor is it simply the difference between the exis tence or non-existence of an own-nature. Rather, it. is 1BNT, p. 793c. 2 工bid* A concern over an identical incorrect view is found in Yogacarabhumi (T. 30, p. 713b). There too the hol der of this incorrect view is identified only as the beginner on the Mahayana path.
Selected and condensed from Mervyn Sprung1s list of meanings in Ibid” pp. ) ^"The three natures theory of the Yogacara, in a manner somewhat parallel to the Madhyamika two truths theory, "teaches that all data of experience can be considered from three points of views, (1) as 1imagined' (parikalpita, or 'contrived1), (2) as 1interdependent1 (paratantra), and (3) as 'absolute1 (parinishpanna, lit. ff (Edward Conze, Buddhist Thought in India [Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Pressf 1967], p. ) The parikalpita nature corresponds to the common-sensical view of the world which, since it interprets experience in terms of subject and ob ject, is wholly imaginary and fabricated.
Active Self . A Philosophical Study of the Buddha Nature Treatise and Other Chinese Buddhist Texts by Sallie B. King