Thursday, June 7, 2012

Process of awareness

     "Conscious and unconscious experiences do not belong to different compartments of the mind; they form a continuous scale of gradations, of degrees of awareness."        Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)

     There appears to be a life-long (quantitative) process of "wiping the mirror bright" in order to purify the mind of defilements (gradual enlightenment), periodic qualitative leaps of insight (sudden enlightenment), as well as life-long practice to integrate these insights.

     An arahant is said to be fully conscious, not to have any unconscious. "... completely free, liberated through final knowledge."           (Majjhima Nikaya 1. 141)

Photo: Geza Radics

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