ronnewmexico wrote:So strictly speaking yes that is correct. Functionally speaking awareness presents always in our consideration as a mindstream and continuation. When presented in result as sentient being it presents always in reference to a other moment of consciousness so thusly it is perceived always as a continum.
STrictly speaking it is not. NO object...no aware response. But to make the former statement is like saying karma is all intended....a bit misleading.
Yes. Seen from the position of a seeming ongoing viewpoint, the viewpoint is assumed to be ongoing. What doesn't occur to one while doing such viewing is that the moment "just past" is really just a view of present memory. Present mind is laid down as short term memory, which then becomes the object of the next thought-moment. Memory appears continuous because discontinuities are not committed to memory.
Breaks in the conscious "stream" are invisible so long as the "stream" is free to process as usual, with the usual inattention to the process itself. But when the activity of present consciousness is closely examined, the rising and falling away can be seen.
Of course, this is completely separate from the whole pancake issue, and drifting away from the point of this topic, which is the interconnection between mind and world, and between thought and result.
Karma, in my opinion, is instantaneous. It's created when we act (or speak, or write), and it's intentional (meaning "volitional" or "willed".) The result may come later, just as a falling object takes time to reach the ground. But "later" does not mean "in some other time." It's always "now," so the result, in terms of inheriting the results of our actions, is now.
The world, as far as I can understand it, is created anew in each moment of consciousness, and there are billions of moments of consciousness occurring every second, everywhere in the universe. "Sentient beings are numberless. I vow to save them.": This is the first of the four Bodhisattva Vows that are posted on the wall above my door. It's a recognition that "I" and "numberless sentient beings" are of exactly the same nature, and are not able to be separated in any way. In other words, I can't really "save myself" without "saving the world," simply because I can't get out of the world (or get the world out of me.)