Why Conditioned Phenomena are Impermanent? (Part 4 of 5)
For the ones who are interested in digging deeper to find out more about the ins and outs of our existence – the searching path is rather plain though, without sensation or excitement. It is because the Buddhist teachings are to uncover what we already have by getting rid of the hindrance-vexations, not to gain something more from the outside world. However, we all prefer to watch the shooting off fireworks, since it is far more fascinating than to understand the Truth of life. And the constant inclination to cling to some objects is the root cause for our cyclic births and deaths.
In the desire-realm, an individual’s existence consists of name-and-form (five aggregates); the form-aggregate 色法refers to the physical body (tangible), and our mental status refers to the four aggregates (sensation, perception, formation, and vijnana), which belong to the intangible mind dharma心法 .
The physical body serves as a channel to transmit the outer sense-objects to our brain to be received by the six vijnanas (six sense-consciousnesses六識). So the transmitted internal images of sense-objects are displayed on the corresponding area of the brain, just like the function of a monitor screen. We enjoy (the conscious mind意識) the sensations and excitements that derived from the displays of our brains, while in fact, our minds stay inside our physical bodies all the time, and have never been out and truly contacting the sense-objects in any way; we are merely seeing the transmitted reflections on the brains.
It is the same way as the captain of a submarine, he steers underwater via his monitor screen, and he does not actually touch the outside world. In other words, whole our life experiences are limited within the transmitted internal images of sense-objects on our brains. Moreover, every individual perceives his/her internal images of sense-objects differently in accordance with his/her own karmic seeds stored within the Alayavijnana (teachings of the third round of dharma transmission).
That is also why everyone could react so differently to one single matter in daily life. For example, like my posts on the threads, the readers’ reactions vary from extreme minus to real plus. The reactions purely reflect a person's own minds. (part 4 of 5)