White Lotus wrote:thank you for your feedback, have done a little research:
the 8 consciousnesses.
8 subtle mind/store house consciousness/alaya vijnana. alows samadhis and stores karmic retribution which includes blessings when seeds of karma ripen.
7 manas =thought and conceptualisation.
6 manovijnana. perception likes and dislikes of the 5 senses.
Hi there, just posting this incase it helps.
You listed the 7th as thought and conceptualization. I'm not sure if this is what it is (manas.) in a more theravadan sense or not, but in yogacara the 7th is often seen as the ego, or the part of the mind that creates discrimination, and the subject/object duality. It also mistakes the alayavijnana, the seeds, and the collection of imprints (vasanas.), which are manifested as various habits, likes, dislikes, etc, to be the self, or personality, and so on.
In this case you'd have the 7th being the false sense of self arrived at from creating duality, and from mistaking vasanas to be the self as well, and then the 6th would be the intellect, which carries out thought and conceptualization. (which in itself could be neutral, making the manas that turns these thoughts and concepts into the actual problem, by attaching to them.) So this could point to the idea that the likes and dislikes aren't the manovijnana, the 6th, but instead forms of habit energy/vasana that are coming from the alaya itself in the form of imprints.
I know this stuff can often seem overly complicated, so sorry for creating any confusion, but just saying incase it helps in any way.
BTW : if anyone sees any of this as wrong, thanks if you can point out where. It might be that I got something mixed up, or that there's conflicting interpretations.
"A 'position', Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with." - MN 72