Alayavijnana - Dharma For Dummies

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Alayavijnana - Dharma For Dummies

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:41 am

Hope this is the right place for this.

I know the term is roughly "store consciousness" Storehouse Of Ideation or whatever, but every time I read something with the term, including whichever sutra it is that explains these, manas, the cittas, and their relationship I am just confused, there is some part I don't quite comprehend. Can someone recommend a possible resource for me to get a better handle on concepts like these?

I feel like if I had to take a "Mahayana Buddhism 101" test, I would definitely fail the section on Karma.
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Post by Dave The Seeker » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:04 pm

Hello my friend, Karma is actions. That is the actual meaning.
So is the action wholesome or unwholesome?
So for each of our actions there is a consequence. That is Karma coming "ripe" of fulfilling the reaction to the action.

Have you looked here: http://lamayeshe.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There is a lot of great teachings there.

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Post by Aemilius » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:20 pm

Johnny Dangerous wrote:Hope this is the right place for this.
I know the term is roughly "store consciousness" Storehouse Of Ideation or whatever, but every time I read something with the term, including whichever sutra it is that explains these, manas, the cittas, and their relationship I am just confused, there is some part I don't quite comprehend. Can someone recommend a possible resource for me to get a better handle on concepts like these?
I feel like if I had to take a "Mahayana Buddhism 101" test, I would definitely fail the section on Karma.
Alayavijñana and the rest of yogachara view is explained in the Samdhinirmocana sutra and in the Lankavatara sutra, both exist in english translation. I find the works of Vasubandhu helpful for the understanding of Alayavijñana and Yogachara, his Thirty Stanzas or Trimshika Karika is a brief and excellent work on the subject.
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Post by Johnny Dangerous » Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:16 pm

Thanks!
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