Chapter Fifteen: Analysis of Nature

Nature cannot reasonably occur
Due to causes and conditions.
A nature that arises due to causes and conditions
Would be a nature that is produced. [15.1]
"A nature that is produced,"
How could that be right?
The natural is not fabricated,
And does not depend on anything else. [15.2]
If nature does not exist,
How could there be other-nature?
It is the nature of other-nature
That is identified as "other-nature." [15.3]
Apart from nature and other-nature,
What entity could there possibly be?
If there were nature and other-nature,
Entities would be established. [15.4]
If entity is not established,
Then neither is nonentity.
It is the transformation of entity
That people call nonentity. [15.5]
Those who believe in nature or other-nature,
In entity or nonentity,
Fail to see reality
Within the teachings of the Buddha. [15.6]
The Transcendent Conqueror,
With knowledge of both entities and nonentities,
Refuted, in his Instructions to Katayana,
Both existence and nonexistence. [15.7]
If something is existent by nature,
It would never become nonexistent,
A nature that undergoes change
Would never make any sense. [15.8]   
If no nature exists,
To what does change pertain?
Even if nature exists,
To what could change pertain? [15.9]   
"Existence" is apprehension of permanence,
"Nonexistence" a view of annihilation.
The wise, therefore, ought not to adhere
To either existence or nonexistence.[15.10]   
To which exists by nature
Is not nonexistence--this is permanence.
"It existed before, but now it does not"--
That implies annihilation. [15.11]            <- Prev   Next -> 
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