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Four IllusionsCandrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path$
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Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151135.001.0001

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Rejecting the Illusion of Purity

Rejecting the Illusion of Purity

(p.164) 8 Rejecting the Illusion of Purity
Four Illusions

Karen C. Lang (Contributor Webpage)

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The third chapter discusses the mistaken apprehension of impure things as pure, and once again takes the human body as its example. Candrakiriti's condemnation of sexual desire encompasses both the physical impurity of female bodies and the mental impurity of lustful men's minds. He reaches an egalitarian conclusion: all human bodies are impure, impermanent, painful, and insubstantial in nature.

Keywords:   female bodies, illusion of purity, mental impurity, physical impurity, sexual desire

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