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The character of dependently co-arisen states refers to the conscious constructs (vijiiapti) of the active consciousnesses, endowed with image and insight; herein the imagined pattern that takes other-dependent images to represent reality is in fact without any reality, while the perfected pattern does exist in the otherdependent pattern. And, as the text explains, The elucidation of what has been taught consists in explaining and analyzing texts that have previously been taught in the light of later commentaries.

Most of the permeations of consciousness are permeations of language. They are conscious constructs (vijfiapti) because they are formed as ideas in a mind imbued with language. We conceive the notions of time, number, and place. We conceive the notions of an embodied self that experiences objects. We indeed conceive the very notion of language. And it is in virtue of these notions that we are caught in the web of delusion, enmeshed in samsaric. existence. Language itself constitutes the boundaries, and thus the bonds, of samsaric existence.

They do examine essences (svabhava ), not as realities "out there" in the external world, but as correctly formed ideas and definitions. 87 In fact, although the classical Yogacara thinkers do not employ the term "language essences," they often do use such terms as "essence" (svabhava ), leading some to think they have not understood the Madhyamika teaching of emptiness and no-essence. , that notions of the essences ·of things are but mental constructs. That, however, does not in the least prevent them from employing the notion in the service of elucidating the scriptures and developing their philosophy, for "essences; no less than any other dharmas, are conscious constructs.

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