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Koch, Lewis, 1949- / Lewis Koch, notes from the stone-paved path : meditations on north India
(2003)

[Notes from Lewis Koch],   pp. 12 and 13-40 and 41


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Alexandra David-Neel and Lama Yongden.
The secret oral teachings in Tibetan Buddhist sects.
1971.  Page 16.
Near Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh, 1996.
16 THE SECRET ORAL TEACHINGS
were to be added that of outlines suggesting the
shape of a tree.  But again, how many times will not
the mental activity, applied to the sensation of seeing
a green spot, go astray?-- Dazzlement caused by the
sun, mirages, can cause us to see not only green spots
but trees and many other objects although these have
no corresponding substance.
In short, what kind of information has been
given to us by the fact of having seen a green spot?--
It has simply made us conscious of having felt a
sensation.  A sensation, nothing more, all the rest is
interpretation.  In the same way, all our perceptions,
those to which we give names and assign form, colour,
or no matter what attributes, are nothing but inter-
pretations of a fugitive contact by one of our senses
with a stimulus.
Thus we are led to contemplate the co-existence
of two worlds: that of pure contact not coloured by
the screen of "memories", and that created by the
mental formations (the samskaras): the interpretation.
The first of these worlds represents Reality, and
is indescribable; we cannot think anything, cannot
imagine anything about it without "interpreting" and
thus destroying its character of Reality.  Reality is
inexpressible and inconceivable.
The second of these worlds is that of mental
formations set in motion by the contact-stimulus.  It
is the world in which we live.  To say that it is not
real does not mean that it is devoid of existence.1
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