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Consciousness is better described by Sanskrit or Pali than by English

Dec 30. 2018
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Re: “Waiting for a future of stone steaks and dirt-fried chicken”, Letters, December 29-30.

Ye Olde Pedant offers a dictionary-sourced correction of my attempt to provide an understanding of consciousness and dietary discipline, and goes on to state, “Compassion is a feeling, an emotion – not an action”.

An emotion is an action; it is something one does. To emote and to think are action verbs. Observing oneself, it should be abundantly clear that thoughts and feelings are what one does, thus one is able to take responsibility for them.

Consciousness, however, is not an action; it is that in which everything arises. As such, we do not “do” consciousness, rather we arise within it.

The English language is the domain of scientific materialists, scholars, pedants and playwrights, and it serves them very well. But when it comes to matters of consciousness and states of mind, spiritual practitioners often resort to Pali and Sanskrit because they offer far greater clarity.

From a Buddhist practitioner,

Michael Setter

Chon Buri

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