Music wrote:A person with locked in syndrome ... he may have all kinds of noble ideas but his body has made sure that his life is going to be hell on earth, so much so that recently a person literally begged for death. As one can see, the body and only the body acts as a prison, traps us, and makes us miserable. Yet Buddhism focuses too much on the mind, why?
The mind is the source of physical existence. The root of physical existence is the mind. Our body is a result of "old karma" matured, ripened and now coarse.
As for the locked-in syndrome you are speaking of, it is a form of mental starvation. Beings require coarse food, but also require something called "consciousness food", which is something like mental and sensory substance. Not having adequate access to "consciousness food" results in mental starvation.
Incidentally, in the cosmology there are states of existence that are made up of only mental aggregates, but such states are likewise impermanent and suffering.