Does matter exist without consciousness?

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Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

Post by PadmaVonSamba » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:18 am

"Phenomenon exists as this or that is dependent on the observers. It is just like describing the same elephant by different blind men – one blind man may say an elephant looks like a tree trunk; another blind man would say an elephant looks like a snake."

The perception is dependent on observation.
The elephant is there whether blind men are feeling it up or not.

It can be argued that since all we have to go on is perception, that the result is the same as if it were all totally dependent on consciousness.
Otherwise, I never made a statement on this forum until you read it;
you never replied to my statement until I read it.

Too many dharma students fall into this trap.
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