5heaps wrote:Virgo wrote:It is held on a concept and while the concept is there, it is not the same as the thing it represents.
but, there is no thing that it represents. it is just a deluded synthesis imputed onto minute parts, and the more the concentration builds the greater the absorption on the delusion.
As far as I know, that's right, yes.
5heaps wrote:you dont want to agree that clairvoyances are inferences.. you should want to say that just because a mental image is involved, this does not necessitate that the cognition is an inference (it only necessitates that it is conceptual..not all conceptual cognitions are inferential cognitions)
Consciousness can know an object that is not a concept, and does frequently, but not during [moments of] shamatha.