sangyey wrote:Okay, sorry for not being clear.
When we are talking about freedom from signs in vipashyna meditation it is from my understanding signs refers to two things - those tendencies or seeds left from the afflictions that ripen into circumstances and then dormant tendencies or seeds. If it is like that, those seeds left over from the afflictions, is that karma and can that also be referreed to as a cause? From my understanding and I think in Vasubhanda's works he mentions several types of causes. And then what are those dormant seeds that do not ripen?
I understand signs to be conceptual reference points, so meditation on emptiness is vipashyana "devoid of signs" (animitta).
Seeds (bija) are a result of karma and the stored version of what's going to become vipaka, kept in the alaya vijnana.
I think that you might be conflating two things somehow...
"Do not block your six senses; delight in them with joy and ease.
All that you take pleasure in will strengthen the awakened state.
With such a confidence, empowered by the regal state of natural mind,
The training now is simply this: lets your six senses be at ease and free." - Princess Parani