Saturday, December 1, 2012

Self-Awareness in Buddhism


What is Self-Awareness in Buddhism?;_ylt=AupGrKf_F9i1hpSossEdSEsazKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20121130162604AA1DoPb

"I think, therefore I am" is self awareness in Descartes
Plato spoke about the "knowledge of knowledge"
Avicenna's "Floating Man" thought experiment on human self-awareness and self-consciousness.
Shankaracharya, wrote that, "No one thinks, 'I am not' "
There is no phenomenon that is not me (self) in the whole universe.

But, Artificial Intelligence has failed in the Self-Awareness aspect.

Khandha Sutta states Five Aggregate: Rupa,. Vedana, Sanna (ideation), Sankhara, Vinnana.
Sanna creates concepts and the idea of self.

Paticca-samuppada (Dependent Origination) has no mention of sanna:
Avijja-paccaya sankhara; sankhara-paccaya vinnanam; vinnana-paccaya nama-rupam; nama-rupa-paccaya salayatanam; salayatana-paccaya phasso; phassa-paccaya vedana; vedana-paccaya tanha; tanha-paccaya upadanam; upadana-paccaya bhavo; bhava-paccaya jati; jati-paccaya jara-maranam soka-parideva-dukha-domanassupayasa sambhavanti;
evametassa kevalassa dukkhakkhandhassa samudayo hoti.

Also, Anatta (no-self) principal is a pillar of Buddhism:
Dukkha (suffering) is the gap between atma (self) and anicca (impermanence), where the relative anicca is not manageable. Therefore, anatta (no-self) is the solution as sensation of suffering.

Creation and editing self is clear with Buddhism. Hard to find awareness to self in Buddhism.

What is the best explanation of Self-Awareness in Buddhism?

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@Angel Luz, In the latter part you set goals in Hinduism to explain Nyaya (recursion of living system), using different definitions to terms Atman, God, Eternal happiness, etc.
If that is Self-Awareness, it doesn't answer the main question, because:
When I-2 (self) think or try to be aware of I-1(self), the new I-3 (self) is created. (recursion)
Therefore, Self cannot be aware of current Self, meaning Goals in Hinduism are non-achievable.

@Been There,
Who watch changes occurring in self? self (the moment thinking starts, a self is created)
Can self watch present self in every moment? No, only past self can be watched and new I-3 (present self) will be created.
What is the purpose of watching self? Certainly not total Nibbana, because it is not possible.
Why not possible? When I-2 try to destroy I-1(as non-self), the new I-3 (self) is created.
Therefore, support of an external dimension is needed for complete Nibbana (total self destruction).

Is 'grasps or identifies characteristics' or perceives objects of consciousness through windows (six sense faculties) called 'Vedana' (Sensory Feelings)?

Is Sankhara (volition) the power of conscious/sub-conscious choice (will) to act which initiate karmas?

Sanna is the perception (input) to consciousness, where Sankhara is the volition (output) coming from within the consciousness.

Please check again and clarify my findings.

@Fake Genius,
Is Samudhaya Sacca, the 2nd Noble Truth of four?
Dukkha, Samudaya, Nirodha, Magga

One who sees paticcasamuppada sees the Dhamma and visa-verse.
If Paticca-samuppada itself is sanna, then Dhamma is a fictional idea.
Therefore, agree with that it's conditioning dhamma wheel (recursion).

Can you analyse up to naama and rupa (building blocks of form) only with samatha-bhavana?
Isn't it a process of Vipassana (vidarshana) bhavana?

Are Sanna (collective) & panna (primary), 2 different forms of ñāna (knowledge or births) in Buddhism?

"Dukkha is always present as a characteristic at all time even when one doesn't assume 'self' "
Could you please show the exact reference in Abhidhamma to support your (quoted) comment.

"that all formations [nama and rupa] are impermanent, that all formations are subject to suffering"

That translated statement is wrong (not Ehipassiko Buddhism), because permanence and impermanence are not intrinsic nature of all formations [nama and rupa]. Rather, permanence and impermanence are relative (relativity) in nature.

For example: suppose life cycle of a mosquito is 14 days and life cycle of a man is 60 years.
Man is permanent relative to mosquito.
Mosquito is impermanent relative to man.

Therefore, all formations are subject to suffering is based on relativity/comparative/gap to another.

Another example is: you grasp a sensory object using eye. Then you create a mental picture of that object. You see that the object is permanent relative to the mental picture.
If the object or mental picture changes, relative impermanence occur and that gap as a confusion (problem) is Dhukkha (suffering).

Buddhism is for the wise, not for religious loyalties who champion in memorizing.


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