The Dawn of Tantra; Herbert V. Guenther, Chogyam Trungpa; ed. Michael Kohn, illustrated Glen Eddy and Terris Temple; The Clear Light Series; Shambala; Berkley & London; 1975 pp. 74-76
Guenther: But the basic Buddhist position concerning illusion, as prose works are careful to point out, is not the apodictic statement made by the followers of Shankara that the world is illusion. The Buddhist position is that the world may be like an illusion. There is a huge logical difference between saying the world is an illusion and saying the world may be like an illusion. The Buddhist position suspends judgment.
It's true. Great care was taken to use the convention of " like"
Excerpts from: Sixty Verses on Reasoning - Nagarjuna
- As cessation is imputed in the extinction of originated entities, the Holy Ones consider cessation to be like
a magical creation.
- How can what was earlier originated be turned back? Free from the alternatives of antecedence and subsequence, cyclical existence appears like
a magical illusion.
- Those who see the world of existence with intelligence as like
a mirage and a magical illusion are not corrupted by the views of antecedence and subsequence.
- Without essence, like a banana tree and a fairy city, the unbearable city of delusion that is cyclical existence appears like
a magical illusion.
- The Great Persons who see entities through the eye of knowledge to be like
a reflection are not entangled in the mire of objects.
Excerpt from the Adoration to the Three Treasures - Nagarjuna
In truth there is no birth -
And thus no cessation or liberation;
The Buddha is like
And all beings have that nature.
The nature of all things
Pure and naturally quiescent,
With a non-dual identity of suchness.
Excerpts from: Seventy Verses on Emptiness by Nagarjuna
- Compounded objects and events are like
a fairy city, an illusion, a mirage, a bubble of water, foam and like a dream and the circle of the whirling fire-brand.