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Do you hear what I hear?

Many people have difficulty accepting the teaching that our perceptions of objects are in fact internal mental representations, more revealing of our own capabilities, tendencies, and dispositions than of any verifiable external reality. The teaching appears counterintuitive, or perhaps a … Continue reading

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Perception and inference

The means of validly cognizing an object directly is perception (pratyaksha), and the means of validly cognizing an object indirectly is inference (anumana).  The function of perception is to directly reveal the object present to the senses. Subsequently, it is … Continue reading

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Noble friends

Let us associate with friends who are noble, energetic, and pure in life; let us be cordial and refined in conduct. Thus, full of joy, we will make an end of suffering. —Shakyamuni Buddha, Dhammapada 376

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