I don't know what you mean by that. I do like the metaphor though. The mirror, and the world it reflects, are all that is and there doesn't seem to be anything else. The mirror does not reflect what which cannot reflect or emit light. What reflects or emits light, I sorry to report, is all material.
Yes, what I mean is that what is ordinarily referred to as the mind, is actually a secondary effect composed of the relatively existent phenomena involved, and an awareness of that relatively existent phenomena.
So, for example, the adrenal gland sends the brain a dose of molecules
in response to the vibration of the ear drum
caused by a wave of air molecules suddenly produced by a barking dog.
Basically, a domino effect. What is experienced is sound,
and perhaps some panic or fear.
So, yes, all of these things are material.
But no physical explanation is shown for why
these merely electric-chemical events are experienced
as sound and panic, meaning that there is no accounting for the experiencer
, or witness and interpreter of these physically occurring events.
Ordinarily, people say it is the mind that experiences these things, and then try to find where the mind is.
My understanding of the Buddhist view is that mind arises both with
, and as
these interactive experiences.
So, mind cannot be isolated, or separated from awareness,
even awareness of dreams or abstract thoughts, which have no other physical reality to them.
So, mind arises as a combination of subject and object (the metaphor of reflection in a mirror)
neither of which has any finite, or inherent reality to them both empty of intrinsic existence.
Typically then, the materialist rebuttal would be,
"Well, if on the one hand, you say you have all this physical stuff, and on the other hand, something that you call "awareness" that is observing all this physical stuff, and you call that arising of observation "mind", you still have to account for what this "awareness" is.
My understanding is that identifying what awareness is
because awareness is totally self-referential,
but when enlightened, with no "self' involved,
and simply is
, and frequently referred to as "original mind" or"unborn mind" (Bankei),
and that this is where it all ends.
Or if you prefer, where it all begins, for the Buddhist.
...probably a very unsatisfactory answer for the materialist.