Alayavijnana - Dharma For Dummies

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Alayavijnana - Dharma For Dummies

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:41 am

Hope this is the right place for this.

I know the term is roughly "store consciousness" Storehouse Of Ideation or whatever, but every time I read something with the term, including whichever sutra it is that explains these, manas, the cittas, and their relationship I am just confused, there is some part I don't quite comprehend. Can someone recommend a possible resource for me to get a better handle on concepts like these?

I feel like if I had to take a "Mahayana Buddhism 101" test, I would definitely fail the section on Karma.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen
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Re: Alayavijnana - Dharma For Dummies

Postby Dave The Seeker » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:04 pm

Hello my friend, Karma is actions. That is the actual meaning.
So is the action wholesome or unwholesome?
So for each of our actions there is a consequence. That is Karma coming "ripe" of fulfilling the reaction to the action.

Have you looked here: http://lamayeshe.com/

There is a lot of great teachings there.

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Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
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One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
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Re: Alayavijnana - Dharma For Dummies

Postby Aemilius » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:20 pm

Johnny Dangerous wrote:Hope this is the right place for this.
I know the term is roughly "store consciousness" Storehouse Of Ideation or whatever, but every time I read something with the term, including whichever sutra it is that explains these, manas, the cittas, and their relationship I am just confused, there is some part I don't quite comprehend. Can someone recommend a possible resource for me to get a better handle on concepts like these?
I feel like if I had to take a "Mahayana Buddhism 101" test, I would definitely fail the section on Karma.


Alayavijñana and the rest of yogachara view is explained in the Samdhinirmocana sutra and in the Lankavatara sutra, both exist in english translation. I find the works of Vasubandhu helpful for the understanding of Alayavijñana and Yogachara, his Thirty Stanzas or Trimshika Karika is a brief and excellent work on the subject.
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Re: Alayavijnana - Dharma For Dummies

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:16 pm

Thanks!
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen
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