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Mind in Buddhist Psychology

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A translation of The Necklace of Clear Understanding (An Elucidation of the Workings of Mind and Mental Events) by Herbert V. Guenther and Leslie Kawamura.

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Basing this work on the Abhidharma and Lama Tsongkhapa's teachings, Yeshe Gyeltsen surveys the mind and its functions, including all the various states of mind and emotions.

From the Buddhist perspective, the creation of ego is a neurotic process based on fundamental ignorance of our true situation.

"Until we thoroughly examine the nature of our mind, we cannot really be aware of who we are or why we are here. Without an awakening into true knowledge, we can only continue to create problems for ourselves and others."      ~Tarthang Tulku

"The Necklace of Clear Understanding belongs to that group of literature called Abhidharma which concentrates on the training of one's critical cognition by methods of proper inspection. The Abhidharma, in particular as codified in Vasubandhus Abidharmakosa and Asanga's Abhidharmasamukaya, is a systematic approach to understanding the world as man's horizon of meaning.

For example, the Abidharmakosa begins with a broad analysis of the psycho-physical constituents, such as the skandhas, dhatus, and ayatanas (Chap. 1), and then presents the mind and mental events that deal with these topics (Chap. 2) and orders them into the various levels of the mind's world (Chap. 3). This interpretation, as well as construction, is assisted by man's actions (kanna) (Chap. 4) which are sustained by the emotions operating overtly or covertly (Chap. 5). While all this may involve man in the world and force him to live uncritically, the major task is to grow and, figuratively speaking, rise above the world. It is here that the discussion of the various paths amid stages begins (Chap. 6). These stages are intimately connected with the distinct forms of awarenesses (Chap. 7) which are further developed and made a firm basis for a meaningful existence of man in his world through contemplative processes (Chap. 8). In all these processes, the mind plays a decisive role."

Author Gyeltsen, Yeshe
Translator Guenther, Herbert V.
Cotranslator Kawamura, Leslie
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 133 pp.
Publisher Dharma Publishing 1975
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