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  1. As an extra note – attaining to that base of mind that is prior to the senses is nibbana :
    Monks, that sphere is to be realized where the eye (vision) stops and the perception (mental noting) of form fades. That sphere is to be realized where the ear stops and the perception of sound fades… where the nose stops and the perception of odor fades… where the tongue stops and the perception of flavor fades… where the body stops and the perception of tactile sensation fades… where the intellect stops and the perception of idea/phenomenon fades: That sphere is to be realized.

  2. If consciousness is a function of the senses, that “base of the mind” must also precede consciousness…if the senses are a function of consciousness, what you describe sounds like an out-of-the-body experience…or maybe what everybody’s having as vehicles of consciousness is an auto-body experience!

  3. You might say an out of body and out of mind experience.
    This ‘sphere’ is nibbana, or ‘buddha nature’ so it precedes everything, and it is unchanging and undying. It is the ‘Unconditioned’ that we are told is the goal of the Holy Life.

  4. I love your notes. You write so clearly. I think that I heard what I heard. Then, I read your notes. And then, it all comes through.

  5. He’s not the only one reading them, and some of us are now waiting not so patiently for notes to the Clockwork Universe talk last night.

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