Science of mind. How does the enlightened mind exist?

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Science of mind. How does the enlightened mind exist?

Post by Ngawang Drolma » Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:36 am

Science of mind. How does the enlightened mind exist?

When we talk of the luminosity, clarity and awareness as being innate qualities of mind and at the same time stating that these are dependently originated, one should understand that the mind's qualities are not consciously created or deliberately constructed but rather are given aspects of mind.

The meaning that they are dependently originated is that they are not static, not permanent but they are processes in the sense that from one instance to another, they change.
They are momentary in the sense that the earlier moment gives rise to the later moment. They are in dynamic process.

At the same time there is mentioned in some texts of these innate qualities of mind: not produced by causes and conditions.
Here we must bear in mind what is meant by this.

Because the innate qualities of mind are not a product of circumstantial conditions, they are in that sense not produced, in that sense not products!

But if we look at it from another point of view because they are processes they are momentarily changing.

They are composed of various instances and from this point of view, they can be viewed as dependently originated and view as products of causes and conditions.

We must bear in mind what is the meaning of certain terms used in particular context:

-Sometimes permanence is defined in terms of never ending continuum.
In this sense these innate qualities of mind can be said to be permanent as in terms of their continuum they are beginningless and endless.

-From another point of view as they are processes they are composed of instances they can not be taken as permanent entities but rather impermanent and transitory.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


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