An excerpt from “Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 2: The Mind” on Buddhist understandings of consciousness.
“Until we begin to make the distinction between observing thoughts and observing the knowing mind,” writes Ayya Dhammapida, “we have not yet begun to study or to experience the mind directly.”
The Abhidhamma, says Bhikkhu Bodhi, breaks open how the mind works, what cognition is, and how there can be thoughts without a thinker.
Joie Szu-Chiao Chen reviews “Be the Refuge” by Chenxing Han, “Esoteric Theravada” by Kate Crosby, “Superiority Conceit” by Bhikkhu Analayo, and more.
The way to bodhicitta, the mind of compassion, is marked by the fifty-nine lojong slogans. Gaylon Ferguson points us in the right direction.
Roxanne Dault, Meido Moore, and Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam discuss what it means to understand Buddhism through the body — the heart of the Buddhist path. Question: These days, people talk a lot about “somatic practice” and “embodied experience.” What does it mean to understand Buddhism through the body? Roxanne Dault: The body is at […]
Michael Sheehy reviews “Science and Philosophy in Indian and Buddhist Classics, Vol. 2: The Mind.”
Whatever answers you think you have, says Judy Roitman, you don’t—and in that not knowing, we find the heart of Buddhist practice.
Roger R. Jackson explains how different Tibetan schools approach the nature of mind, and why it matters.
The opening commentary from the Spring 2021 issue of Buddhadharma.