The ultimate and true nature is always devoid of any compounded thing. Therefore it is taught that defilements, actions and their full maturation are like a cloud and so forth. The defilements are taught to be like clouds, karma is likened to the experience in dreams and the full ripening of karma and defilements, the aggregates, are likened to conjurations. Thus was it presented previously and then ‘the element exists’ was taught ultimately as this continuum in this way so that these five faults could be abandoned. Not learning this, some people are disheartened, through mistaken self-contempt; bodhichitta will not develop in them.

— Maitreya, Uttaratantra Shastra


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