The Lankavatara Sutra shall ever remain a difficult discourse to comprehend because, mainly, it is suggesting that we do the impossible which is to transcend our species-specific world. Of this species-specific world Donald Hoffman, Professor of Cognitive Science at University of California at Irvine, has this to say:
"We must recognize that all of our perceptions of space, time and objects no more reflect reality than does our perception of a flat earth. It's not just this or that aspect of our perceptions that must be corrected, it is the entire framework of a space-time containing objects, the fundamental organization of our perceptual systems, that must be recognized as a mere species-specific mode of perception rather than an insight into objective reality."
This is quite an amazing statement but then Donald Hoffman is quite an amazing dude who is doing is own 21st century version of a Copernican revolution. Instead of trying to prove that our consciousness comes from our brain, in which every major university is trying to do, it would be much easier to prove that human brains—in fact, our entire species-specific world—comes from consciousness. Yes, it's what the Lankavatara Sutra is teaching. Donald Hoffman is just giving the Lanka the scientific power to attack the materialist defensive position and destroy it. Here is a lecture by him which I have watched several times. When you are done, read his paper, Conscious Realism and the Mind-Body Problem.