I agree with you when you say "created by the mind".
I just have one line of thinking nagging me though when I think of that.
You say the body is created by the mind, and yet, from observation it seems like the body is born and then the mind is developed?
Or is the mind something that exists without the body and then localizes itself to a body when the karma is right? One would then wonder when the mind became into existence in the first place.
Or are we saying there is some form of Universal Mind that specializes itself?
Some things to give your mind something to think about:
1. If you look for the mind, its location, its shape, color, duration, you cannot find it.
2. The brain and the rest of the body are composed entirely of non-living elements such as carbon, salt, calcium, and so forth, which in turn are merely molecular compounds. If we assert that the body (the brain) produces thought, or cognitive awareness, then we must be saying that these minerals and other chemicals are capable of producing thoughts. But there is no scientific evidence that suggests that minerals can think.
3. What is meant by the term "mind"? It is a witness to the chemical activity of the brain. The mind interprets various chemical activities, such as a sudden influx of adrenaline, as panic or excitement. It experiences brain & body chemistry as sexual desire, as hunger, as dreams.
4. The body is constantly changing, and the mind is constantly changing. The baby body you were born with already died, cell by cell, long ago, and every day pieces of your body die and are replaced by new cells. So, you have already taken rebirth in many new bodies, many times, even in one "lifetime". So, the term "lifetime" is really a misnomer. It is a word that only reflects one way of viewing things. It is a convenient term, but not totally accurate.
5. Since the mind appears to have continuity from Childhood through your last day, we think it is the same mind and the same body. So, when we wonder how a mind can jump from one body into another body after somebody dies, this doesn't make sense because it is a question framed by all the wrong assumptions. It assumes that the body and mind have some existing quality to begin with, and that assumption is erroneous.
6. The Buddha taught that no continuous thing that can be called mind can be said to truly exist, but instead, a series of mental events which happen in rapid succession, each taking an appearance echoing the one which preceded it.
7. Behavior training actually rewires the brain. The things you do and think actually cause changes to neuropathways, which are part of the physical body. So, this is one way that it can be shown that the mind creates the body, and it creates the brain constantly.
8. If we think that everything only happens in the physical brain, then why do we not imagine ourselves as brains, locked inside of skulls, living in total darkness, riding around on the shoulders of tall bodies? We say "My brain, my body, my thoughts, my actions", but who is this "MY" we are referring to?
9. The brain provides the physical environment for the thoughts of the mind, but it doesn't create the mind or the thoughts, just as a forest provides a home for a deer, but nothing in the forest, none of the trees create the deer. Yet, in a way, they do, because deer evolve in a way that it can eat and live in that forest. they evolve together. Likewise, the brain and body do not create thoughts, but they do create the way that those thoughts occur. So, a dog and a person both seeing a squirrel running will have different mental responses because the human brain is wired with one type of chemistry and the dog's brain with another.
10. The deer and the forest arise together to create a mutual relationship. The mind and the body also influence each other. Similarly, thoughts arise with changing conditions. Nagarjuna said (in the 17 stanzas) that thoughts do not spontaneously occur out of nothing, but that every thought must follow one that goes before it. From this, he inferred that the first thought a new life form has (and that can even be something as basic as the sensation of warmth) must follow something that can roughly be referred to as a a previous thought.
11. "The essence of thought is dharmakaya, as is taught.
They are nothing whatsoever and yet they arise."
-from the Kagyu Lineage prayer