Conscious mind is impermanent and thus empty, not goal of the Enlightenment

© Anonymous comments to “True wisdom of Buddism from posts of ShalomTzeng (Ver.2)”, July 20, 2011

As for the practice of the Liberation-Way (Hinayana), its final goal is to break the bond of cause and effect in order to have the long cycle of births and deaths come to an end. So the practitioners’ focus point shall be on the worldly physical body and mind, namely the five aggregates (skandhas), twelve sense-fields (ayatanas), and eighteen sense-realms (dhatavahs). The practitioners will contemplate on the worldly matters as of conditional arising and conditional cessation; in this way, they realize the emptiness manifestation of the mundane world. Therefore, they confirm the emptiness of the impermanent “ego of the perceptive mind” and actually realize that the conscious mind is impermanent and thus empty. As a result, they will never recognize the conscious mind as the origin of all dharmas.

They realize the emptiness of a person by eliminating self-view and self-attachment; what they know about and eliminate belongs to the worldly dharmas, which are active dharmas within the Three Realms, and are called mundane truth. So most of the time, they concentrate on themselves, they avoid creating new karma, they choose to be aloof from mundane affairs. Logically, they would never do as what we are doing towards Tibetan Tantrism, since the Hinayana practitioners are determined to terminate their future lives after death, so everyone of them, their Buddha nature will no longer manifest within the Three Realms, everyone’s Buddha nature will be in the state of remainderless nirvana. (It is only natural if the readers could not understand the exact meaning, because the context is against daily life, it is about departing from the regular pattern we are used to for so long. But you are truly the lucky few, who are able to get close to the true Buddha dharma.)

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