Friday, January 21, 2011

What is Mind?

A friend asked:

>What is Mind?

Mind (Mano) is an ever changing collection of these 5 phenomena:
1: Contact, 2: Feeling, 3: Perception, 4: Intention and 5: Attention!

Regarding Consciousness itself:
Consciousness is NOT created by the brain, but RESIDES WITHIN the brain (for some but not all beings)!
Just like the beer is inside the bottle, but is not created by the bottle...

To identify Mind only with Brain is a (false) view, which actually is a philosophical (often dogmatic) standpoint,
NOT a scientifically & experimentally verified fact. This tantalizing IDEA is called physicalism or materialism!
On this common, yet wrong assumption named Mind-Brain Identity Theory see:

What is going from this life to the next?
In brief: Causal Conditioning!
Please see:
Regarding Buddhist Theory of Rebirth-Linking (patisandhi) see also:

For an Orthodox Buddhist explanation of the transmigration of consciousness:
Rebirth Explained: V. F. Gunaratna, BPS, Kandy, Wheel Publication No. 167-69

U were reborn into this life!
U are reborn millions of times each second!
Since existence is a chain of discrete conscious moments!
Like pearls on a string. One after the other…
Again and again and again hehehe ;-)
Samsara = Suffering…
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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