I am currently reading a collection of Ajahn Chah's talks; "Food for the Heart". Whilst it has been very helpful and inspiring I have noticed his use of a concept he calls the "original mind"- I am sure many of you are aware, but he says that this "original mind" is pure awareness, and is intrinsically pure and undefiled. The mind is only defiled because it gets lost in sense pleasure, but on it's own, it is pure.
It may just be the way I am reading it, but it seems that when he equates this state of consciousness with the Arahants mind he seems to be suggesting that some kind of self/consciousness exists after paranibbana, but wouldn't any kind of consciousness or mind be gone at paranibbana because it is nibbana "without-remainder"? Or is this original mind a metaphor for the Arahant in paranibbana, something that we cannot understand directly? A "mind" without consiousness in the sense that the Arahant is untouched by any of the 5 Khandhas?
Unfortunately I don't know whether I can find this book online to post some of the passages I am talking about.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."