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Asvaghosha - The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana - The problems of the 5 senses

Identifier

016332

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

An explanation:

In consequence of the disturbance of the mind there originates that which perceives an external world. When the mind is not disturbed, perception does not take place. = By using the 5 senses, we get perceptions built up by the function of perception.  If we use sensory deprivation, no perceptions arise

…Through perception an unreal external world originates. Independent of that which perceives, there is no surrounding world.  Conditioned by the unreal external world, six kinds of phenomena arise in succession = Our perceptions manufacture an external world for us, in effect the perception system is a sort of computer program to turn sensory input into a workable input for living.  It in no way represents Reality

The first phenomenon is intelligence/sensation. Being affected by the external world the mind becomes conscious of the difference between the agreeable and the disagreeable.  = Sensations

The second phenomenon is succession/memory. Following upon intelligence, memory retains the sensations agreeable as well as disagreeable in a continuous succession of subjective states = Perceptions plus Memory.

The third phenomenon is clinging. Through the retention and succession of sensations agreeable as well as disagreeable, there arises the desire of clinging.= Desire

The fourth phenomenon is an attachment to names/beliefs.  By clinging the mind hypostasises all names whereby to give definitions to all things.= Belief systems.

The fifth phenomenon is the performance of deeds. On account of attachment to names, etc,there arise all the variations of deeds, productive of individuality = Personality and ego

The sixth phenomenon is the suffering due to the fetter of deeds. Through deeds suffering arises in which the mind finds itself entangled and curtailed of its freedom.

 

A description of the experience

Asvaghosha - The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana translated by D T Suzuki

In consequence of the disturbance of the mind there originates that which perceives an external world. When the mind is not disturbed, perception does not take place.

…Through perception an unreal external world originates. Independent of that which perceives, there is no surrounding world.  Conditioned by the unreal external world, six kinds of phenomena arise in succession.

The first phenomenon is intelligence/sensation. Being affected by the external world the mind becomes conscious of the difference between the agreeable and the disagreeable.

The second phenomenon is succession/memory. Following upon intelligence, memory retains the sensations agreeable as well as disagreeable in a continuous succession of subjective states.

The third phenomenon is clinging. Through the retention and succession of sensations agreeable as well as disagreeable, there arises the desire of clinging.

The fourth phenomenon is an attachment to names/beliefs.  By clinging the mind hypostasises all names whereby to give definitions to all things.

The fifth phenomenon is the performance of deeds. On account of attachment to names, etc,there arise all the variations of deeds, productive of individuality.

The sixth phenomenon is the suffering due to the fetter of deeds. Through deeds suffering arises in which the mind finds itself entangled and curtailed of its freedom.

The source of the experience

Acvaghosha

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Sensory deprivation

References