What is the Sakya assertion of how conventional phenomena exists?

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What is the Sakya assertion of how conventional phenomena exists?

Postby Tenzintharpa » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:29 am

I am a Gelug practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and understand Tsongkhapa’s view but am a little confused on the different views of conventional phenomena held by other schools of Buddhism.
According to the Sakya, does conventional phenomena:
A) Exist as Illusion, existing only as a projection of the mind, (literally unreal).
B) Exist as Illusion ‘like’; real but existing in an ethereal manner, lacking any inherent true essence; nominally existent.
C) Do Sakya deny the existence of conventional phenomena and/or matter?

Gelug presentation
The Buddha often described life as dream-like but he never asserted that life was a dream or that phenomenon did not actually exist.

Observed phenomenon don’t exist as mere images, projections or visions in the mind but rather exists as separate entities from the mind. The mind and matter are two separate things. Matter is separate from the mind that cognizes and dominates it. And although observed phenomenon are not simply created by a mind, their ultimate mode of existence is dependent upon the mind, so the mind doesn’t create the matter but the matter is dependent on the mind that imputes it as the imputer. Therefore, their mode of existence is separate from the imputer but their existence is dependent upon the imputer. Their mode of existence is separate but their existence is dependent. Nothing can exist independently from the mind which perceives it. ~ Dalai Lama

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Re: What is the Sakya assertion of how conventional phenomena exists?

Postby sherabpa » Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:21 pm

Ultimately, C. Conventionally, yogins see things as 'like' illusions, while ordinary people see them as real. This is just as Shantideva and the Indian madhyamakas understood it.


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