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3) There are certain things thai are extremely obscure and only when you become a Buddha can you have bare 44 A COMPENDIUM OF WAYS OF KNOWING perception of them. Before that you, must rely on your conviction in the Buddhas' scriptural texts to know them at all. Since Buddhas are. valid persons and what they have said is valid speech, you can infer that by relying on them you will have valid cognition. Thus through an inferential understanding based on conviction, you can be sure that prosperity is the ·result of previously practised generosity.

But because it is based on a distorted cognition, this cannot actually be considered valid. 12 OBJECTS OF COGNITION There are four types of objects that can be known: (1) appearing, (2) assumed-aspect, (3) conceptualised-about and (4) involved objects. Appearing and assumed-aspect objects are mutually inclusive. Such appearances as that of falling hairs which do not rely on an external object (do not involve a concrete assumable item present), but aside from that they and all cognitions have an appearing object.

Later when you see the yoghurt you know of the disintegrated absence of the milk in it, for once it has curdled the milk is no longer there. When you know of the mutually exclusive· absence of a horse in a bull, you see that a bull is not a horse and a horse could not be a bull for these two are mutually exclusive. When you see a rabbit's head and know of the absolute absence of a rabbit's hom on it, you know of the absence of something that does not exist. Although you might fantasise and see a mental image of a goat's hom on a rabbit's head, you cannot possibly imagine a rabbit's horn there, because there is no such thing.

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