Transforming Consciousness into Wisdom 轉識成智
The Buddhist practice of meditation is the important method of training the mind, from scattered energy to a calm and stable, peaceful, undisturbed state of clear mind, from the idea of the luminous mind emerged the idea that the awakened mind is the pure, undefiled mind. It is this pure consciousness which lead to the attainment of Buddhahood
This intrinsically pure consciousness is a part of the eighth consciousness (Tathāgata’s /storehouse), some called it (The soul or the Spirit) which never die. When our physical form / body dies, the eighth consciousness leaves the body and continues. For people with untrained mind, this consciousness goes through reincarnation and take a rebirth of a new form / body, what kind of body depends on one’s previous karma. The Buddhist practitioner’s goal is to end the cycle of rebirth.
Within the eighth consciousness, there is the collections of Karma accumulated from our countless previous lives, including good karma and karma, also, there is the pure consciousness called ” tathāgatagarbha” (如來藏 in Chinese) which the pure Buddha-nature, or Christians may call it “God within”.
Transforming Consciousness into Wisdom , first steps, requires diligent practice of awareness and mindfulness, carefully controlling, and training our body, speech and mind, from contaminated state to pure state, from disturbing emotions to stable, peaceful clear mind. Completely rid of all poisons of hatred, jealousy, greed, and attachment of endless desires of lust and material objects. Through understanding of the Buddha Dharma, and practice of detachment of all things, knowing that phenomena are but illusions, intrinsically lack inherent existence. One become more loving, compassionate, and forgiving (of self and others), life become more joyful and peaceful.
On the deeper level, you are clearly aware of your six senses consciousness; the senses consciousness of eye ,ear, nose, tongue, and body. Our senses consciousness correspond to the elements of the nature; (eye)visual consciousness of the Heat, (ear) auditory consciousness of the Space, (nose) olfactory consciousness of the Air, (tongue) gustatory consciousness of the Water, (body) tactual consciousness of the earth. The above six sense consciousness belong to sixth consciousness, it is where differentiate all things we encounter, then the seventh consciousness is where all negative karma generated…jealousy, hatred, greed, strong emotional attachments. this is where most practitioners stuck, being unable to transform those strong feelings, and carry directly into the eighth consciousness, causing future suffering. (Note: Transforming our form body to Coincide with nature of the universe)
The Buddha taught that, in order to escape the dangers of the sense bases, one must be able to apprehend the sense bases without defilement, In “Abandoning the Fetters” . The Sutta Pitaka 經藏 (of Pali canon) identifies ten “fetters of becoming”: (1) belief in a self , (2)doubt or uncertainty, especially about the Dharma Teachings (3) attachment to rites and rituals (4) sensual desire (5) ill will (6)) lust for material existence, lust for material rebirth (7) lust for immaterial existence, lust for rebirth in a formless realm (8) conceit (9) restlessness (10)ignorance
the Buddha states that one abandons the fetters ” when one knows and sees all things as impermanent, the six sense organs, objects, sense-consciousness, contact and sensations. Similarly, in “Uprooting the Fetters” the Buddha states that one uproots the fetters “, when one knows and sees the illusory self as nonself…
To foster this type of penetrative knowing and seeing , wisdom is developed, and the resultant extinguishing flame of suffering.