The Tathagatagarbha, inherently pure and possessed of the thirty-two magnificent major features, stays in the body of each sentient being; just like an invaluable jewel bound by dirty clothes, it has been tied up with the tainted apparel fabricated with aggregate-realm-entrance, and defiled by those illusory thoughts such as greed, anger and ignorance.
The Lankavatara Sutra, Vol.
The eighteen-divisions of sense are illusionary and conditioned dharmas. It has also been explained that all dharmas of three-realms must be annihilated, and then we will be able to stay away from the life and death in the three-realms. In order to achieve this goal, one always starts from the elimination of self-view which is the coarsest and heaviest part of three-realms dharmas. Followed by the elimination of the greed for the
desire-realm, then the elimination of the greed for the state of the form-realm, and finally the elimination of the greed for the being in the formless-realm (the elimination of the self-greed of the perceptive mind in four formless samadhis), one is able to depart from the life and death in the three-realms.
The Correct Meanings of “The Agama Sutras”, Vol.