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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

Postby Yogicfire » Sun May 02, 2010 4:05 pm

jcsuperstar wrote:might want to ask this one over on dharma wheel not dhammawheel


Is there a dharma wheel? Or is that a joke? I have been out of the Buddhist forum loop for a few years, and this site seemed one of the main Buddhist forums, and this sub forum seemed to have a lot of Mahayana type questions, as well as Theravada, as a dhammic 'free for all'.
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Re: amala-vijnana

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

Yogicfire wrote:
jcsuperstar wrote:might want to ask this one over on dharma wheel not dhammawheel


Is there a dharma wheel? Or is that a joke? I have been out of the Buddhist forum loop for a few years, and this site seemed one of the main Buddhist forums, and this sub forum seemed to have a lot of Mahayana type questions, as well as Theravada, as a dhammic 'free for all'.


No joke.

http://www.dharmawheel.net/

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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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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