Chapter Twenty-Four: Analysis of the Four Noble Truths

            (Chapter 23)

 

If all of this were empty,
Nothing would arise or be destroyed.
For you it follows that
There are no four noble truths. [24.1]


Since there are no four noble truths,
Compete understanding and elimination,
As well as familiarization and actualization,
Do not make any sense.  [24.2]


Without these,
The four fruitions do not exist either.
Without fruition, there is no one abiding in that,
Nor anyone who has gained entry.  [24.3]


If the eight persons do not exist,
Then there is no Sangha.
Because there are no noble truths.
There is no sacred Dharma.  [24.4]


If there is no Dharma and no Sangha,
How could there be any Buddha?
This teaching of emptiness
Invalidates the three jewels.  [24.5]


Likewise, the existence of results,
Non-Dharma and Dharma,
And all the conventions of the world
Would likewise be invalidated thereby.  [24.6]


To explain you have not understood
The purpose of emptiness,
Emptiness itself, or its meaning.
Therefore this is damaging to you.  [24.7]


The Dharma taught by the Buddhas
Is genuinely based on the two truths:
The relative truth of the world
And the truth of the ultimate meaning.  [24.8]


Those who do not understand
The distinction between these two truths,
Fail to comprehend the profound reality
Of the Buddha’s teaching.  [24.9]


Without relying on convention,
The ultimate cannot be shown.
Without realizing the ultimate,
Suffering cannot be transcended.  [24.10]


When viewing emptiness incorrectly,
Those with little insight will be ruined,
As when a snake is caught in the wrong way,
Or a knowledge mantra is used incorrectly.  [24.11]


Hence, knowing that the depth of this Dharma
Would be hard for the feebleminded to understand,
The realized mind of the Able One
Turned entirely away from teaching the Dharma.  [24.12]


The flaws that ensue in consequence
Are not reasonable with respect to emptiness.
Hence, your discarding emptiness
Is not reasonable to me.   [24.13]


Everything is possible
For those for whom emptiness is possible.
Nothing is possible
For those for whom emptiness is impossible.  [24.14]


All your own faults
You project onto me,
As if, while riding your horse,
You had forgotten all about it.  [24.15]


If you view things
As existent by nature,
Then for you there are
No causes and conditions.  [24.16]


Effect and cause;
Agent, means, and actions;
Arising, cessation, and result--
These are invalidated as well. 
[24.17]


That which originates in dependence
Is taught to be emptiness.
This itself is dependent imputation
And so the path of the Middle Way  [24.18]


Apart from what originates dependently,
There are no phenomena at all.
Therefore, apart from emptiness,
There are no phenomena at all.  [24.19]


If all of this were not empty,
Nothing would arise or be destroyed.
For you it follows that
There are no four noble truths.  [24.20]


As it would not originate dependently
How could there be suffering?
The teaching that the impermanent is suffering
Cannot be relevant where nature exists.  [24.21]


Given natural existence,
What could originate?
Hence, for those who deny emptiness,
There cannot be any origin.  [24.22]


If suffering exists by nature,
There can be no cessation.
As it would remain completely,
Cessation would be invalidated.  [24.23]


If there were a nature of the path,
It could not reasonably be cultivated.
If the path is to be cultivated,
Then this nature of yours does not exist.  [24.24]


If there is neither suffering
Nor its origin and cessation,
What cessation of suffering
Do you assert is achieved by the path?  [24.25]


If complete understanding
Were absent by nature,
How could complete understanding occur?
Does nature not remain?  [24.26]


The same with your elimination,
Actualization, familiarization,
Cultivation, and four fruitions-
They are as impossible as complete understanding.  [24.27]


Since they retain their own nature,
How could fruitions that are
By nature unachieved
Ever be achieved?  [24.28]


Without fruition, there is no one abiding in it,
Nor anyone who has gained entry,
If the eight persons do not exist,
Then there is no Sangha.  [24.29]


Because there are no noble truths,
There is no Dharma either.
If there are no Dharma and Sangha,
How could there be any Buddha?  [24.30]


For you it follows that the Buddha
Does not depend on enlightenment.
For you it follows that enlightenment
Does not depend on the Buddha.  [24.31]


For you, the one who by nature is no Buddha
May pursue the conduct of enlightenment
In order to attain enlightenment,
Yet all such efforts will be in vain.  [24.32]


Nobody would ever perform
Dharma or non-Dharma.
What can be done to the not empty?
There can be no action in relation to nature.  [24.33]


In the absence of Dharma and non-Dharma,
For you, there are still effects.
Effects caused by Dharma and non-Dharma
For you, do not exist.  [24.34]


If, for you, there are effects
That arise from Dharma and non-Dharma,
Why, then, would these effects
Of Dharma and non-dharma not be empty?  [24.35]


The one who denies
The emptiness of dependent origination
Will, likewise, be denying
All conventions of the world.  [24.36]


A denial of emptiness
Will preclude all action.
There will be actions without initiation,
As well as agents without anything done.  [24.37]


If beings had any nature,
They would not be born or die.
Indeed, they would remain immutable
And would not know a variety of states.  [24.38]


Were it not for emptiness,
The unattained could not be attained,
There would be no liberation from suffering,
And no elimination of action and affliction.  [24.39]


The one who sees
Dependent origination
Sees suffering, its origin,
Cessation and the path.  [24.40]          
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2.  Karma
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3.  Consciousness
            Monkey
4.  Name and Form
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           Old Person and Corpse