By Thomas A. Kochumuttom
The writer indicates that Yogacara metaphysics is essentially almost like that of the early Buddhism. The texts incorporated herein are: (i) Madhyanta Vibhaga Karika bhasya, (ii)Trisvabhavanirdesa, (iii) Trimsatika, and (iv) Vimsatika
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1821 Perception [can occur without extra-mental object], Just a5 it happens in a dream etc. The phrase 'without extra-mental object' [uind-api-nrthena] is understood from the above discussion. A Treattse in Twenty Stanzas At the time when that perception occurs, The [corresponding external] object is found ; How can then one speak of its perception ? 271 not At the time when in a dream one has the awareness that 'this is being perceived by me', that object is not really seen by one; because, on the one hand, that awareness is determined solely by the thought-consciousness,and on the other hand, at that time the eye-consciousness is obstructed; therefore how can that awareness be recognized as sense-perception at all ?
Of an object 1. But it is not so [ i e. the common man does not l e a l i ~ e the ahenceof an object]. Thereforc, all perceptions are not without objects, as a dream-perception is. : argument does not make any point Because, Those who are not awake Do not realize that the object5 they seein a dream Do not exist Similarly. the common man fast a~leepby the sleep of the habit of vainly discriminating between subject and object, as long as he is not awoken, sees, as if in a dream, unreal objects, and does not properly realize their absence.
If, therefore, the representations ofconsciousness, which appear as objects, arise out of the particular transformations of the stream of the respectivc beings, and not out of the particular external objects, then how is it obtained that a representation of consciousnrss is determined by contacts with bad or good friends, or by listening to right or wrong teachings, for there wonld be neither contacts with good or bad friends, nor their teaching. [I891 18. The representations of consciousness Are determined by mutual influence Of one individual on another.
A Buddhist Doctrine of Experience: A New Translation and Interpretation of the Works of Vasubandhu the Yogacarin, Reprint by Thomas A. Kochumuttom