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1 The Nine Consciousnesses Based on The Buddha in Daily Life By Richard Causton SGI-USA Lotus Heights District L. Myring

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3 The Five Senses Taste Sight Smell Touch Hearing

4 Sixth Consciousness Integration of sensory input, Judgement concerning external matters Karma is formed in the 6 consciousnesses

5 Seventh Consciousness The realm of abstract or spiritual thought and judgement, and ego awareness Source: I love me, what’s your hobby?

6 Seventh Mano- Consciousness The mano-consciousness [thinking mind] forms a self- concept, often a distorted one, and is characterized by self-attachment. The self-concept created by the mano-consciousness is not experienced consciously in the course of daily living; it is an idea of “self-ness” on an unconscious or subconscious level. In addition to an awareness of and an attachment to the self, the mano-consciousness also includes the ability to distinguish between good and evil. In this sense, the mano-consciousness may be described as a conduit between the manifest mental activities and the dormant ones, between the conscious and the unconscious. The mano-consciousness [thinking mind] forms a self- concept, often a distorted one, and is characterized by self-attachment. The self-concept created by the mano-consciousness is not experienced consciously in the course of daily living; it is an idea of “self-ness” on an unconscious or subconscious level. In addition to an awareness of and an attachment to the self, the mano-consciousness also includes the ability to distinguish between good and evil. In this sense, the mano-consciousness may be described as a conduit between the manifest mental activities and the dormant ones, between the conscious and the unconscious. Source: Living Buddhism 01/05 v.9 n.1 p.33

7 Seventh Mano- Consciousness Key Discussion Point 1: How can we avoid being trapped in the cage of our seventh consciousness, or controled by our attachment to ego? Key Discussion Point 1: How can we avoid being trapped in the cage of our seventh consciousness, or controled by our attachment to ego? Source: abuddhistpodcast.com/

8 Alaya - Eight Consciousness The repository of the effects of causes made in our eternal past. The source of darkness and delusion arising from our desires. The repository of the effects of causes made in our eternal past. The source of darkness and delusion arising from our desires.

9 Daisaku Ikeda on the Eight Consciousness: “Both good karma and bad karma are stored there like seeds in a granary. The term ‘storehouse’ conjures up the image of an actual structure into which things of substance can be placed. But in fact it may be more accurate to say that the life-current of karmic energy itself constitutes the eighth consciousness.” Daisaku Ikeda in: Wisdom Of The Lotus Sutra p. 35

10 Buddha Nature Ninth Consciousness The fundamental, original and absolutely pure consciousness which is universal and constitutes the essence of our lives. The fundamental, original and absolutely pure consciousness which is universal and constitutes the essence of our lives. Without tapping the ninth, our destiny lies in the eighth – and is fixed. Without tapping the ninth, our destiny lies in the eighth – and is fixed. The fundamental, original and absolutely pure consciousness which is universal and constitutes the essence of our lives. The fundamental, original and absolutely pure consciousness which is universal and constitutes the essence of our lives. Without tapping the ninth, our destiny lies in the eighth – and is fixed. Without tapping the ninth, our destiny lies in the eighth – and is fixed.


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