Om Homage to the Buddha.
1. He has, in an absolute manner, destroyed all blindness; He
has drawn out the world from the mire of transmigration: I
render homage to Him, to this teacher of truth, before
composing the treatise called the Abhidharmakosa.
Desiring to compose a treatise, with the intention of making
known the greatness of his master, the author undertakes to render
him homage and to first present his qualities.
"He" refers to the Buddha, the Blessed One.
"He has destroyed all blindness," that is to say, by him or through
him blindness with respect to all things is destroyed.
"Blindness" is ignorance, for ignorance hinders the seeing of things
as they truly are.
By this, the Buddha, the Blessed Onel is sufficiently designated, for
he alone, through the possession of the antidote to ignorance,
has definitely destroyed all ignorance with respect to all knowable
things, so that it cannot rearise.
But the Pratyekabuddhas and the Sravakas have also destroyed all
blindness, for they are freed from all ignorance defiled by the
But they do not know the qualities proper to the Buddha,
objects very distant in space or time, nor the infinite complex
of things; therefore, they have not destroyed blindness in an absolute
manner, for the ignorance freed from the defilements is active in
Vasubandhu - Abhidharmakosabhasyam - The Dhatus
By understanding everything you perceive from the perspective of the view, you are freed from the constraints of philosophical beliefs.
By understanding that any and all mental activity is meditation, you are freed from arbitrary divisions between formal sessions and postmeditation activity.
- Longchen Rabjam -