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Inner citadel of subjectivity (please see description)

Kanages Ramesh

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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“Experience from the Buddhist standpoint, is a complex relational field involving the interplay of a multiplicity of factors—evanescent pulses of actuality occurring in functional interdependence without the directive control of an abiding agent. Though fused together in their immediacy into the unity of the cognitive act, these factors can nevertheless be reflectively divided into two reciprocally supportive poles: on the one side, into the cognizing or subjective pole comprising consciousness together with its concomitants; on the other, into the cognized or objective pole comprising the data of cognition. Intermediate between the two stands the sensate organism whose sense faculties provide the necessary meeting-ground for consciousness and its objective spheres. Under the influence of ignorance (avijja), the basic unawareness of the Four Noble Truths, the dependently arisen, egoless components of the experiential field undergo a simplistic reduction in the worldling’s mental horizon, crystallizing into an apparent confrontation between an ego and its world as opposed but viable realities. The cognizing pole of the experiential complex presents itself as a subject distinct from the cognitive act itself, the persisting experiencer of each fleeting occasion of cognition. The objective pole in turn takes on the appearance of a world of solid, stable things spread out before cognition as the sphere of the ego’s action and concern. From its inner citadel of subjectivity consciousness looks out upon the world as something it may potentially possess; thus it sets out to control, dominate, and manipulate the world as a means of justifying its own implicit claim to an inwardly suspect mode of being.

- The Discourse On The Root Of Existence – The Mulapariyaya Sutta and its Commentaries, Translated from the Pali by Ven.Bhikkhu Bodhi (1980), Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka

( A Devalaya—a deity’s home—amidst the sea)

Seenigama, Sri Lanka

“To those not caught in polarities”

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