Artificial like the mirror image ~ Shantideva

What arises through the meeting of conditions
And ceases to exist when these are lacking,
Is artificial like the mirror image;
How can true existence be ascribed to it?


Shantideva

Bodhicharyavatara (chapter 9, verse 144)

quoted in the book Practicing Wisdom: The Perfection of Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way


translated by Thupten Jinpa



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