• Dianne McKinnon

Establishing phenomena

Because we are so strongly habituated to doing so, we hold the notion of objects coming into establishment based upon their own identifying self-characteristics. This is opposed by positing that [phenomena] are under the subjection of being merely nominally labeled ­– [a meaning] that is hard to fit in one’s understanding. Regarding these two manners, with reflection one will see that the former (phenomena are results produced by their own self characteristics) is logically not feasible; through intellectual understanding, one concludes definitively on the latter (existence by way of nominal designation.) ~Je Tsongkhapa~

The Commentary on Nagarjuna's Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way

ཙ་ཤེ་ཊིཀ་ཆེན་ལས། །བསྐྱེས་བྱ་སྐྱེད་བྱེད་རང་གི་མཚན་ཉིད་ཀྱིས་གྲུབ་པའི་སྟེང་ནས་འཇོག་པ་ལ་གོམས་ཆེས་པས་དེ་བཀག་པ་ན་མིང་གི་ཐ་སྙད་ཀྱི་དབང་གིས་བཞག་པ་ཙམ་ལ་དེ་དག་འཇོག་པ་བློ་ལ་མི་བདེ་ཡང་། །འཇོག་ཚུལ་གཉིས་ལས་ནི་མེད་ལ་སྔ་མ་ལ་མི་འཐད་ན་ཕྱི་མ་ལ་འཇོག་པ་འོས་མེད་དོ་སྙམ་དུ་བློ་དེ་ཡི་ཕྱོགས་སུ་དྲང་དགོས་སོ། །ཞེས་དང་།

Referenced by Geshe Jinpa Sonam as part of his continued teaching and explanation on the 9th chapter of Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva.

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