If the perfect exists in it, does that mean the dependent is necessarily ultimate? The last line of my quote seems to indicate, to me, that nonobservation of the imaginary and other-dependent occurs, as does observation of the perfect nature (once one is liberated from afflicted phenomena). If the other-dependent is the ālayavijñāna, it would seem to me that the perfect nature may "exist" in it, but not be the "same" as it. As the Dharmadharmatavibhaga teaches, all phenomena are the matrix of the nature of phenomena, but the nature of phenomena is not the same as phenomena themselves. In the same way, the perfect nature is not the same as the Alaya.
When the false imagination, the mere awareness of dualistic appear-
ances, occurs within cyclic existence, these directly perceived appearances
exist in an undeceiving way from the perspective of that which experienc-
es them (the dependent nature). However, the apparent separation between the apprehended and
apprehender is not actually present. And yet that emptiness, the absence
of apprehended and apprehender, is present in the subject, the false imag-
ination, as its intrinsic nature (the perfect nature).
This is soteriologically efficient:
If one asserts the non-existence of the imagination, cyclic existence will become
absolutely non-existent and one will incur the fault of denigrating con-
If one refutes emptiness, failing to comprehend that it exists
in terms of its being established in relation to that subject (the subject perspective), the imagina-
tion, then the apprehended and apprehender will end up being existent
and one will incur the fault of exaggerating their status as ultimate
This is the topic answer for you, and also an advise no to make the fault of denigrating conventions for Namdrol.
All of these deal with the same sentences: "The false imagination exists.
In it, the two do not exist.
Emptiness exists here,
And within it, that exists as well. [I.1]
Not empty, not not empty—
This explains it all,
Because of existence, non-existence, and existence.
This is the path of the Middle Way."
from Maitreya, Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham.