Consciousness and awareness are basically referring to the same issue - there is something.
Talking about soul, mind, consciousness, and awareness are basically also same.
We need these word, because this word is the pointer, so I can deliver what I want to say, and you can also deliver what you want to say.
However, there is a paradox here.
Like a rainbow, you can talk about rainbow, because you can see it. But, if you go and try to grasp it, you can't.
So, does rainbow exist or not?
From essence point of view, rainbow doesn't exist.
From appearance point of view, rainbow exist.
So rainbow can exist and non exist at the same time.
This is the source of confusion.
For anyone who has a view, they will have a conflict of view. This conflict is inescapable.
Once, you have a view, at that instant you already have a conflict in you.
In order to solve this, we have to see inherent mistake of terminology. Terminology is built based on the foundation that something is findable. If aomething cannot be found, you can't put the terminology on it.
If we see a rainbow, by right you cannot put a terminology of rainbow, because that rainbow doesn't have essence to be found.
So, it is important here to differentiate between intellectual object and inherent object.
Intellectual object is the object that you form as if something is findable.
Inherent object is the object that you form if you can find the essence of it.
So the essence of intellectual object is actually a fantasy, because it is built based on a fantasy that the object has essence. Because of that all intellectual objects are inherently mistaken or false.
If we see the whole world from essence point of view, you will not have any view. You will not have the view of existence, you will not have the view of non existence as well.
But if you see the whole worlds from the fantasy point of view - by regarding the existence of fantasy essence, you will have a view of existence and non existence.
Buddha has no view, then There is discussion like why Buddha still talk about mind and consciousness to human? Because human has that view. Human has the view of mind and consciousness. And human doesn't know that actually consciousness and awareness are the fantasy of human. So, Buddha use that same language to pin point to you why that mind and consciousness are a fantasy.
Once you know how fantasy there are, it will automatically drop off.
You will reach the point where you don't have any views. The question like is it exist or no exist, will no longer bug you. You can see the mistake of answering by existence, and the mistake of answering by non existence or does not exist.
And you can see the foolishness of your past in establishing consciousness and mind. You can see why you are confused for so long. And you can see the liberation here. Free from confusion.
When people discuss about mind, if you notice, the subject will get more and more complicated. From 1 mind, it get to several minds, and so on. From consciousness, it gets more and more complicated.
In the right discussion, actually when we discuss about mind or consciousness, those subject should not get more complicated, instead it should go to the point of diminishing, which at the end free you from any view.
Last edited by DarwidHalim
on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:43 am, edited 1 time in total.
I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!