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11 (Sharma, p. ) 2BNT, p. 793a. Here the idea of own-nature is refuted because, in the author1s view, it does not allow for the process of change as seen in the growth of a plant or in any process having a former and a subsequent stage. He evidently conceives of an own-nature as being eternal precisely in the sense of unchanging. Therefore any phenomenon or event which is in any way dynamic or in process is judged to be empty of an own-nature. ^ Thus the imp'ication is that since all is in flux, nowhere will one find an ownnature .

M. Hiriyanna, Outlines of Indian Philosophy [London: George Allen & Unwin, 1932], p. } According to this philosophy, water, fire and mind each belongs to the category "substance11 (dravya) and thus each is classified as an ultimate element, without overt reference to an own-nature concept as such. In place of an own-nature theory there is an atomistic theory, according to which earth, water, fire (and air) refer to "not the compound transient objects made out of them, but the ulti­ mate elements, the suprasensible eternal partless unique atoms which are individual and infinitesimal.

Hencer - from the perspective of supreme truth, non-being (for example) is at once both affirmed and denied, thus it is at once both being and non-being. Moreover, says the author, emptiness "both is and is n o t " (空 有 不 有 )• This is the final salvo against any who might mistake emptiness for non-being, Tne author1s treat­ ment of emptiness both makes this particular mistake impos­ sible and opens the way for a discussion of emptiness in positive terms. For the BNT1s author, emptinessf or supreme truth, has a positive, Mbeing-ful" quality to it* not just the negation of worldly truth.

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