Mano is most often said to be the mind as a sense organ. Dhammapada Verse 1 is the renowned words:
Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā manoseṭṭhā manomayā
Mano is the forerunner of dhamma; mano is chief; mano created.
A common translation:
Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.
AN 1.49-52 interestingly states:
Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is freed from incoming defilements. The well-instructed disciple of the noble ones discerns that [luminous mind] as it actually is present, which is why I tell you that — for the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones — there is development of the mind.
I am curious here. Can 'mano' here mean 'an aware mind' and 'dhamma' mean 'the path', 'skilful qualities' or 'path factors'? Therefore, mano, as a sense organ, is the forerunner, chief & maker of path development? Or is my mind acting monkey, here?