Nothing wrote:What is "mind"? ....define mind.
That which witnesses the chemical activity of the material brain and regards that activity as experience.
What I mean is, if you are looking for a thing
that can be called "mind", either inside or outside the body,
my understanding is that no such thing can be found.
What I mean by That which witnesses the chemical activity of the material brain and regards that activity as experience
is that what we regard as an experience, say an experience of fear or anger, the physical components of that experience are just chemicals. What we experience physically as fear and what we experience as anger, is almost identical chemically.
Suppose you experience fear. What is that experience? what it the nature
of that experience? Your heart beats faster, your breathing becomes more difficult, you perspire more, your hair follicles contract and the hair on your arms and neck stand up. We become agitated. You panic. But why?
Along with that is, intellectually, some degree of doubt, or worry, about what is about to happen.
It is possible to isolate the two. You could have doubt about what is about to happen without sweaty panic, without the chemical activity going on. We know this is true because you can watch two different people respond two different ways to a dangerous situation...one calmly, the other hysterically.
And you can also have some of the same events taking place...sweating, being out of breath, fast heart beat, without worrying. Maybe there is another cause. It might be the result of strenuous exercise.
So, my point is that all of these events are empty of any inherent quality.
I use the term 'witness' to mean experience. But I don't want to say, 'when we experience the experience of an experience' because that is too confusing. And "witness' conveniently suggests the experience of self-and-other. i could also say 'interpret". These various chemical events take place, but by themselves they have no personality. In this respect, the chemicals in the brain are no different from one's digestive acids. They are just chemicals, molecules, atoms, space.
MIND arises as the interpretation
of these chemical interactions as personal experience. Outside of this interpretation, this witnessing of events, mind does not arise. Mind is like the crashing of cymbals. When the two cymbals come together, it makes a brassy sound. but if you try to find where the brassy sound exists in the cymbals or outside the cymbals, you cannot find it. It isn't a thing that exists. it only arises as sound as the result of interacting events.
Actually, the cymbals don't create sound. they only cause air molecules to vibrate against some membrane in the ear, and that vibrates. We witness, or interpret that vibration as sound, as the personal experience of having heard a sound. Mind arises as hearing
So, this doesn't negate the idea that something called Mind is occurring
. It just means that there is no separate or independently existing thing
that is Mind. That is why when the teachings say to just let mind rest in an unfabricated state, or in its natural state, or mind's true nature, there is no separation between awareness and phenomena.