greentara wrote:monktastic, I always enjoy your postings but you mentioned Allan Wallace, an academic researcher, translator but seriously how would he really know? You have all these people globe trotting around the world as experts in spirituality or Buddhism. They've read alot but what do they really know?!
There are in Buddhim three levels of knowledge, this means that correct intellectual knowledge
is necessary and valid as such, it forms the basis for the knowledge of reflection
, which is the basis for the knowledge of meditation
Here under the title Three prajñas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_in_Buddhism
How can you know the inner experience of a person anyway? Be it Allan Wallace or anybody else!
And by the way, Vasubandhu also says that Alaya is personal, for example in Trimshika Karika
or Thirty Stanzas
In an other text Vasubandhu says that Alaya is not different from the fifth skandha, consciousness. The five skandhas or five aggregates analyze the person.