Why Conditioned Phenomena are Impermanent? (Part 1 of 5)
(Tutan, Taiwan. Foto: http://www.pse100i.idv.tw/n/kwtofucefy/kwtofucefy001.htm)
In the Mahayana teachings, we learn not only to get the correct answers, but also to know the reasons “why,” even more so to “verify them.”
These cultivation steps are called hearing 聞, pondering 思, cultivating 修 and personal realiziation 證. Since we are all potential Buddhas, as the Buddha foretold, we should be able to substantiate the cultivation practices. Let’s see why conditioned phenomena are impermanent and we can experience them.
We are deeply influenced by all the messages (six sense-objects) received through our sense-roots, and thereby all sorts of sensations are formed by the sixth vijnana (the conscious mind). Here, the functions of the first five vijnanas (the eye-vijnana, ear-vijnana, nose-vijnana, tongue-vijnana and body-vijnana) do only discern their specific objects, and they all have to rely on the conscious mind to participate and fulfill further decisions (pro and con).