Jax wrote: Namdrol wrote:
Jax wrote:No Namdrol,"sentient beings" are just a mental construction arising within the space of the Dharmakaya, like reflections in a mirror.
How do those those mental constructions come about according to you (I am perfectly familiar with what Dzogchen texts say)? Do mental constructions merely arise from themselves without a cause, or do they have a cause?
Mental constructions arise as the radiance of the ground, Zhi. They are an evolution of the Five Lights as tsal and rolpa, as an arising consciousness evolves it is bewildered by the display of the Five Lights, of which it is a part. Seeing the display as "other", subject and object are established. From this a false dichotomy arises in which all aspects of sem arise.
So you have retreated from your assertion that there are no "sems can" i.e. possessors of sem i.e. sentient beings.
But in fact nothing was "caused" because an "effect" never attained to the status of becoming an independently existing entity.
Independently existing entities do not require causes or conditions so your statement here is a non-sequiter.
Although a sentient being may be said to exist conventionally...
Yes, they may. Good to see you grasp this fact.
Still, there are two things: one you have not explained how an arising consciousness evolves, nor have you gven a reason why this happens. So you have not answered the question of whether these mental constructions are independently existent entities since they arise from themselves and lack causes, or are caused entities that lack independent existence.