The eye-basis is the element of the sensorium within the eye- ball where consciousness of
sight is generated; and the consciousness of sight connotes the power of seeing various
kinds of colours, appearances, forms and shapes.
The ear-basis is the element of the sensorium within the organ of the ear where
consciousness of sound is generated, and the consciousness of sound connotes the power
of hearing various kinds of sound.
The nose-basis is the element of the sensorium within the nose organ where consciousness
of smell is generated, and the consciousness of smell connotes the power of smelling
different kinds of odours.
The tongue-basis is the element of the sensorium upon the surface of the tongue where
consciousness of taste is generated, and the consciousness of taste connotes the power of
tasting many kinds such as sweet, sour, and so forth.
The body-basis is the element of the sensorium locating itself by pervading the whole
body within and without from head to foot, where consciousness of touch is generated,
and the consciousness of touch connotes the power of feeling or sensing physical contacts.
[b]The heart-basis a kind of very fine, bright, subtle matter within the organ of heart where
mind consciousness, comprising sixty- nine classes of the same in number is generated
this is stated in 'A Collection of Manuals of Buddhist Teachings' by Ledi Sayadaw
does anyone know if this interpretation of the mind occurs in any other teachings?