Essay on The Buddhist Perception Of The Self

1169 Words Dec 21st, 2016 5 Pages
However, if the Buddhist perception of the self is based on these momentary karmic interactions, how can past effects remain to influence consciousness? “This point-instant [moment in space-time] is timeless, spaceless, and motionless “in the sense of having no duration, no extension and no movement[;]” (Jiang, 32) This phenomenon is because for time, space, and motion there must exist two point-instants in time, the second point-instant for comparing to the first. To account for this, a school of Buddhism called the Sautrāntika who predated the Yogācāra Buddhists, postulated that dharma perishes in the same moment it is born. The cause perishes the moment the effect begins to take place and vice versa. “Rather, the effect will take a back seat and remain a seed, dormant for some time, accumulating its potency and waiting for the right conditions for it to come to fruition.” (Jiang, 41) This quotation describes how the manifestations of dharma perish instantly, however it is also retained by the dormant seeds that await the condition for them to manifest again, only to cease again into a dormant state. However, the postulation of these dormant seeds arises other question when this concept is applied to consciousness during deep stages of meditation. When all mental activity has been depreciated, in the ultimate depth of meditation, how is it a person is able to emerge from such a state? The Sautrāntikas believe that when the mind ceases a seed is planted in the physical…

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