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Mind (clarity & awareness) ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

The English word “mind” has many definitions in today’s modern world, and this can cause so much confusion for many people when they try and study the buddhadharma before they have fully understood what the word “mind” is referring to in the correct buddhist context.

When we talk about the mind in a buddhist context, it can be correctly defined as “clarity” and “awareness”.

This “clarity” refers to the fact that any phenomenon can clearly appear to the mind. This “awareness” refers to the fact that the mind is aware of any phenomenon that is appearing.

It is not as though clarity and awareness are two separate processes, where clarity occurs first, then awareness occurs after. Clarity and awareness are just two definitions describing just the one single process of the mind from two different points of view.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

(Posted by Chamtrul Rinpoche, Facebook, 23 February 2024)


  • February 23, 2024