All the Dharmas Are Illusory





When their minds are defiled, sentient beings are defiled. When their minds are purified, sentient beings are purified.

Mind does not reside within, does not reside without, and does not reside in the middle. Just so is the mind, and just so are transgression and defilement. No dharma ever for even an instant transcends Suchness.

All the dharmas are generated and extinguished without abiding. Like magical illusions or lightning bolts, the dharmas do not depend on each other. They do not abide anywhere even for a single instant.

All the dharmas are false views -- like a dream, like a mirage, like the moon in water, like an image in a mirror. They are all generated by false conceptualization.

-VIMALAKIRTI NIRDESA SUTRA

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