The self exists in dependence on a basis of ascription, but it’s not identical to the basis of ascription. It exists only in a provisional manner. The self does have a conventional nature. It comes into being based on the six elements (earth, water, fire, air, space, etc). On the basis of the six elements, we formulate the idea that a self exists.
Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa
Translator: Art Engle
Mahamudra Commentary Retreat, NYC, August 15, 2012