This is my first post in this forum. I havent searched through the forum yet.
My question is "IS AWARENESS A FUNCTION OF THE BRAIN?".
I just couldnt get this question out of my mind. Can someone help me understand why buddhist believe that awareness is not function rather "awareness is all that exists".please help me to understand logically or otherwise
Appreciate your help.
Neurologists would say the function of the nervous system and endocrine system is the coordination of all bodily function. The brain, a part of the nervous system, is specifically involved in higher-level coordination, including what you might call "awareness".
However, when Buddhists talk about mindfulness, they are talking about a kind of awareness that is dependent on right effort, not something that happens automatically as a result of one's anatomy.
Also... In a similar discussion elsewhere, someone shared this sutta and it seemed relevant:http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .bodh.html
This puppet is not made by itself,
Nor is this misery made by another.
It has come to be dependent on a cause,
When the cause dissolves then it will cease.
As when a seed is sown in a field
It grows depending on a pair of factors:
It requires both the soil's nutrients
And a steady supply of moisture.
Just so the aggregates and elements,
And these six bases of sensory contact,
Have come to be dependent on a cause;
When the cause dissolves they will cease.
If brain is removed is that which is left aware?
If body is removed and brain is left is that aware?
However you slice the pie.....awareness is composite in origin and circumstantial in its presentation.
To my personal way of thinking and in the school of buddhism I study.
(others may differ in that).
Can you cite a single, well-documented case from a reputable, authoritative source of a Tibetan Buddhist whose brain was significantly damaged and yet still maintained normal cognitive function?