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May 14, 2019


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Right, you could say that our conditioned world is thought only. Also, thought can mean mentation. Consciousness or in Sanskrit "vijñāna" which means subject-object knowing, falls within thought (in Buddhism vijñāna survives death. It is the transmigrant, never the ātman which is buddha-nature according to the Mahaparinirvana Sutra).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but "thoughts" here does not simply refer to words passing through one's consciousness, but also feelings. Furthermore, images, whether in the "mind's eye" or coming in as visual data from external perception. Even the blackness of closed eyes is visual data. There is also auditory data, and the tactile data of sensing one's body sitting, breathing. All of this is "thoughts" i.e. contents of consciousness. How to see consciousness free of content? Is it necessary to completely empty it of all content?

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