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See Si tu p. 207: ga yig bya ba gti la yod pa'i las la 'jugpa'i dper yan / gcan gzan I la gcan pa I sgra gcan I rus kyi gnos / dud 'gro gnan sogs phal eher min rkyan kho nar bkodpa .. "They just present for the mo part simple nouns as examples of the letter ga- being applied to acts which belong to the object of the action: "carnivor", "toll collector for a [mountain] pass" (la gcan pa), "[the demon] Râhu (sgfa gcan)*", "clan", "the animal, the [Himalayan] sheep" and so forth. *The equivalence is attested in Mahävyutpatti 3392.

Finally, the Mongolian lama, A lag £a Nag dban bstan dar (1759-1840), also known as bsTan dar lha ram pa, is the author of the Sum cu pa dan rtags 'jug gi don go sla bar bsdus pa'i bsadpa skal Idan yid kyi pad ma 'byedpa'i snan ba'i mdzod, a work whose views on self and other clearly were meant to accord with those of Si tu, but which adds many important precisions to the difficult points in Si tu's interpretation. For example, as we shall see below, Nag dban bstan dar has an interesting explanation of Si tu's laconic assertion that act-qua-doing is included in the present and act-quathing-done is in the future.

EIMER (1986) p. " There is, however, some question as to which A kya sprul sku was his disciple. VAN DER KUIJP hypothesizes that it was A kya Ye ées skal bzan mkhas grub rgya mtsho (1817-1869), whereas DAMDINSÜREN opts for Bio bzang 'jam dbyahs rgya mtsho (1768-1816). Our thanks to Dr. EIMER for providing us with his article. F. "52 So, we see that this author had no compunctions about including past forms as act-qua-thing-done (bya ba'i las), and hence as other; in addition he clearly specifies that tîie imperative is to be understood as showing act-qua-doing.

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