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amala-vijnana

Postby Yogicfire » Sat May 01, 2010 5:50 pm

I have been reading about the amala-vijnana (the ninth consciousness). Up until recently, I thought that the mind only school had eight consciousnesses, and that the alaya-vijnana was the base consciousness. However, some of the Far Eastern schools appear to have added a ninth consciousness, amala-vijnana, the pure consciousness.

I would be interested in hearing any thoughts on this doctrinal development, and some explanation on the exact correspondence between the alaya-vijnana and the amala-vijnana. Why was there a need to introduce this extra consciousness? Is this a teaching that is only in the Far Eastern schools, and not in Vajrayana?

Amala-vijnana seems to have been a popular concept in the Hua Yen and T'ient'ai schools.
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Re: amala-vijnana

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat May 01, 2010 8:13 pm

might want to ask this one over on dharma wheel not dhammawheel
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Re: amala-vijnana

Postby Alex123 » Sat May 01, 2010 9:02 pm

The closest thing that I am aware of is the bhavanga citta found in Theravada Abhidhamma. It may be somewhat similar to 7th and 8th consciousness of vijnanavada.
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Re: amala-vijnana

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Re: amala-vijnana

Postby bodom » Sun May 02, 2010 4:13 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: amala-vijnana

Postby Yogicfire » Mon May 03, 2010 6:52 am

Many thanks for the link. If the moderators want to delete this thread that is fine.


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