Considerations of Mind – a Buddhist Enquiry

This volume primarily focuses upon the Yogācāra-Vijñānavādin concepts of mind and its means of expression such as the various consciousnesses, the nature of the bījas, and the ālayavijñāna. From this basis, related topics such as the nature of light, the simile of a river with respect to the flow of a consciousness-stream, and the nāḍīs that convey prāṇas, are explored. This allows consideration of the attributes of time and certain chakras that exist below the diaphragm. The ‘soul’ concept then comes into view and its relation to śūnyatā is revealed.

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Whilst the numbers of Buddhists are growing in the world, the techniques and discourses of Buddhism have not changed to meet the radically different conditions of the contemporary world. Thus Buddhism needs a true restorative flowering to rival that of the renaissance of debate and innovative thinking of the early post-Nāgārjunian era. In order to achieve this it must synthesise the present wealth of scientific knowledge, alongside the best of the Western world’s esoteric tradition and philosophic output. This is the primary task of this seven volume treatise.

The treatise investigates Buddhist ideas concerning what mind is and how it relates to a concept of a ‘self’. It is principally a study of the complex interrelationship between mind and phenomena, from the gross to the subtle—the physical, psychic, supersensory and supernal. This entails an explanation of how mind incorporates all phenomena in its modus operandi, and how eventually that mind is liberated from it, thereby becoming awakened. Thus the treatise explores the manner in which the corporeally orientated, concretised, intellectual mind eventually becomes transformed into the Clear Light of the abstracted Mind; a Buddha-Mind.

 

A Treatise on Mind Outline

  • Volume 1 The “Self” or “Non-self” in Buddhism
  • Volume 2 Considerations of Mind—A Buddhist Enquiry
  • Volume 3 The Buddha-Womb and the Way to Liberation
  • Volume 4 Maṇḍalas: Their Nature and Development
  • Volume 5 An Esoteric Exposition of the Bardo Thödol (In two parts)
  • Volume 6 Meditation and the Initiation Process
  • Volume 7 The Constitution of Shambhala