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March 25, 2015

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Thanks a lot for pointing out Pande's fascinating book, it was just what I was looking for and has an abundant and well-organized compilation of Pali quotations. Seems to be quite compatible with the views of Masefield and is a good complement (or alternative) to Nyanatiloka's Buddhist Dictionary.

Augustinus:

Pande's book, Studies in the Origins of Buddhism has been very helpful. According to Pande speaking of Paññā he writes:

Guiding man in his spiritual journey, it finally enables him to see into reality (Yathābhūtaṃ), abandon the Āsavas and attain to Aññā and Bodhi (p. 461-2).

You wrote "the absolute vijñânâ is not the skandha vijñanâ". This is very interesting. I was wondering if in the Pali Nikayas you can distinguish also two distinct uses of the corresponding Pali word viññana - one being the 5th khanda another being the "anidassana anata viññana", Majjhima-Nikaya 49 ,unconditioned infinite viñńana. However I am troubled with Majjhima-Nikaya 43 which seems to say that pañña (Skt.prajña) cannot operate distinctly from viññana.Perhaps this is also a different pañña than the one which would be identical to the absolute viññana - a relative panña that functions like vipassana...

I like that quote in its entirety,

"As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."

And also,

"I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness."

Which book of Stapp's are you reading?

Adasatala:

He may have. I think Max Planck was coming from this 'animative principle' when he said: "This Mind is the matrix of all matter" (Dieser Geist ist der Urgrund aller Materie). The quantum of action turns the world upside down. Matter is a projection of spirit or Geist; sattvas or beings are 'conscious agents' entangled with other sattvas forming a world-vision. Awakened ones (buddhas) break through this world-vision which is not unlike the Matrix. :)

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