V 11-36 Deep Concentration within One’s Consciousness 意识的深层禅定

Disclaimer: The translations are not official nor endorsed by 2OR, so please just treat it as a ‘fan-based’ translation. The Buddha-Dharma is profound. No matter how you convey it, it won’t be completely perfect. Because the Buddha-Dharma is an experience, it’s an awakening 【佛法深奥无比,怎么写,都不会是究竟圆满。佛法是一种悟】. Please enjoy, and I hope it serves as a good filler until the official English version comes out.

过去你们经常听师父讲第八意识,实际上佛讲了九个意识,九识。今天师父给你们讲“九识”。

In the past, you have regularly heard Master mention the eighth consciousness and the ninth consciousness. In this chapter, Master will talk about the nine consciousnesses.


佛讲“九识”,就是眼、耳、鼻、舌、身、意、末那识、阿赖耶识、阿摩罗识(第九意识)。后面的三个意识是超越人间的意识。这就是一个多层次的意识,人对一个事物的意识产生之后是多层次的。菩萨在两千五百年前已经能讲这些东西,菩萨绝对是天上的超天人的智慧。眼睛看见东西,有意识。耳朵听见,人家告诉你什么事情,你脑子在想“这是真的吗,是假的吗”,意识就产生了。

Buddha expounded about the nine consciousnesses. They are the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, thoughts, manas consciousness, Alaya consciousness and amala consciousness. The last three levels of consciousness are beyond the average conscious awareness. They are the multiple levels of consciousness that one develops when one encounters something. This was already expounded by the Bodhisattvas two thousand and five hundred years ago; their wisdom definitely came from Heaven. When you see something, your consciousness is stirred. When you hear something, when something says something to you, you would begin to think, “Is that true or false?” and your conscious thoughts develop.


鼻子闻到东西,“这东西真香啊”,是不是有意识?舌头吃到东西了,有意识了,“这是辣的”,“好像这个鸡蛋不新鲜嘛”,嘴巴里舌头感觉的,舌头是一个“味”。接下来是身,身体有意识吗?盲人完全靠自己身体感觉,他眼睛看不见,所以他的感觉是很敏感的,他跟你握手可以知道你什么性格,可以知道你多大年纪,他从你手的骨头、皮肤可以知道你几岁。意就是你的意念。眼耳鼻舌身意——六根、六识,就是六个意识。

When your nose smells something, “Hmm, this smells fragrant,” doesn’t that cause your conscious thoughts to develop? When your tongue tastes something, doesn’t that stimulate your conscious thinking? “This is spicy.” “This egg doesn’t take fresh.” Regarding your body, doesn’t any tactile sense stimulate your conscious thoughts? Blind people rely on their body to feel since they can’t see, so their tactile senses are very sensitive. In the past, there were stories of blind people where when they shake hands with you, they would know your personality, how old you are, and from the feel of the bones and skin on your hand, they could estimate how old you were. Thoughts refer to your conscious thoughts. The eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, thoughts are the six sensory faculties, which are the six consciousnesses.


末那识,第七意识。人有一个意识之后会到自己的心里和脑子里有一种分别意识,叫分别识。你会归类的,“我今天碰到这件事情是属于什么意识”。这个末那识是“本无定体”,是飘忽不定的。它是根据你反映到大脑皮层的一种意识来定应该归于哪类,是储存,还是有反映,还是慢慢消化掉,还是怎样怎样。这是分别识,把它分别出来了。

Manas consciousness is the seventh consciousness. After a person develops a conscious thought, their mind would develop a kind of subconsciousness to distinguish it. It will categorise what level of consciousness the thought should be registered as. The manas consciousness is a non-fixed entity; it continues to fluctuate. It will categorise the conscious thought according to your subconscious reaction and determine whether to save it, react to it or gradually delete it. It is the subconscious level where all conscious thoughts are categorised.


这个末那识——第七意识,是第八意识阿赖耶识的“染分”。阿赖耶识是很深层的,在内心深处的,非常深层,基本上这个意识只要进入第八意识就消不掉了。末那识是阿赖耶识的“染分”,就是开始分别善与恶了。第七意识末那识,用现代话说就是一个“检察官”,来判别是好的还是不好的,在第八意识没有做之前就辨别,法庭上讲的就是检察院,检查完之后,第八意识就是“上法庭”了,就是“法官”。“而执为我”,第七意识末那识是在分别当中,还有个“我”在里面,还有“我”字,还有执著的“我”,“我”在分别,“我”在决定这个是好事还是坏事,没有完全用你的本性和良心。

The manas consciousness - the seventh level of consciousness, is the preliminary filter for the eighth level of consciousness, Alaya. Alaya consciousness is very deep within one’s subconscious mind. Basically, anything that enters into the eighth consciousness can’t be eliminated. Calling the manas consciousness as a preliminary filter is because it is where the differentiation of good and bad takes place. In laymen terms, the manas consciousness is like the inspector who checks whether what one encounters consciously is good or bad. In contrast, the Alaya consciousness is where it is judged. Because this subconscious processing revolves around the ego or self-attachment on whether something is good to them or bad to them, it means that one’s inherent nature and conscience has not been used.


而且第七意识还经常转到第六意识。第六意识是粗浅的潜意识。人家告诉你这个人很坏,你一下子接受了“他很坏”,你没有经过加工,没有经过第七意识末那识“检察官”的检查,还有善恶缘的“染净”——意识中污染和干净的成分,不是完全干净,也不是完全肮脏的。以自己有自己的意识,第七意识末那识就是这个意识。今天跟你们讲第七意识,就是告诉你们,人在初识——刚刚开始接触事物意识的时候,进入第七意识的时候,在转境转识的时候,就是在判断“我现在收到的这个意识是好是坏”,我自己来判断,“我”还在。

Also, the seventh level of consciousness regularly changes to the sixth level of consciousness. The sixth level of consciousness is the most superficial level of one’s subconsciousness. When somebody tells you that this person is very bad, you then recognise that the person is bad, but this idea has not undergone any processing yet. It hasn’t been processed by the manas consciousness to differentiate whether it is true or not, good or bad; it means that the awareness isn’t pure. That’s why the seventh consciousness revolves around the ego.


第八意识,阿赖耶识,是属于深层意识。意识生成了,这个事情要初审,法院里面初审。第八意识是藏识,藏在你心中的意识,就是“染净同源”。进入第八意识的时候,好的、干净的和污染的同时进入脑子里,由第七意识分别,然后进入第八意识阿赖耶识。“灭和合”,生出来和灭掉全部都在一起。今天生出来的意识已经在阿赖耶识中了,灭掉的意识也在你的阿赖耶识中,所以进入了阿赖耶识是去不掉的。比如,很多人说:“你让我原谅他,我也原谅不了他;你让我不恨他,我也不能不恨他。因为他太让我恨了,因为他太让我伤心了,我这辈子怎么都不会原谅他的。”就是进入深层意识阿赖耶识中。

The eighth consciousness belongs to the subconsciousness. When a thought is developed, the eighth consciousness is where it is judged. It is the store of consciousnesses where both wholesome and unwholesome consciousnesses are stored after being differentiated by the seventh consciousness. All consciousnesses that were developed and ceased are all stored together; that’s why anything that has entered into the Alaya consciousness can’t be removed. For example, many people say that they can’t forgive somebody even if people suggest they do so. “Even if you tell me to stop hating him, I can’t. He had caused me too much distress; I will never forgive him in this lifetime.” That’s because it has already entered into the deep Alaya consciousness.


实际上,第六意识就是感觉,第六感。今天我去看房子,一看很好、很舒服,第六感觉特别舒服,就是你的感觉出来的。第六意识已经受控于天了,很多第六意识特别好的人就很有灵感——“我和他一接触就感觉这个人很好,很开心”,“我和这个人一接触就很不喜欢他”,你的自我感觉就是第六意识在起作用。“我今天感觉开车要闯祸”,就不开车了。过去有很多伟人,“我今天出去不要坐这个车,要换辆车坐坐”,结果那辆车就发生爆炸——要被别人暗杀,他就躲过了。自古以来很多人都这样。你的第六意识已经受控于天和地了,就是第六灵感。

The sixth consciousness relates to one’s feeling about something; that’s why it’s called the sixth sense. For example, you are looking to buy a new property, and you enter into a new house, and you find it very pleasing and comfortable. That feeling comes from your sixth sense. The sixth consciousness is controlled by Heaven. “I feel good when I’m with him.” “I don’t like being around him.” “I feel like today is not a good day to go out, so I won’t.” It all comes from your sixth sense. In the past records of China, there were some great men who, on that day, felt like not riding on that carriage and swapped to sit in a different carriage. As a result, the original carriage they were meant to sit in exploded. Somebody wanted to assassinate them, but that person avoided it. That’s why the sixth consciousness or sixth sense is controlled by Heaven.


现在讲第八灵感。第八意识具有:“相分”——看见之后心中就会自然分别。“见分”——看见这个事情心中马上就能分出是好是坏,这个人实际上已经修到第八意识了。因为你在自己的第八意识中已形成了一个固定的辨别模式。我一看到这个人就知道他是好人,我一看到这个人就知道他是坏人,我不想和他多接触。“证分”,自己来证明这个事物的存在,我认为他是好的、不好的,用不着别人,自己自动会分了,叫自证分。“证自证分”,就是证实自己的分析,证明它分的是对的。

Now we discuss the eighth sense. The eighth consciousness possesses ‘differentiation of forms’ – when you see something, you will develop bias and ‘differentiation of views’; when you see something, you will immediately differentiate whether it’s good or bad. It is where stereotypes are formed. “When I see him, I know he’s a good guy.” “When I see him, I know he’s a bad guy; I don’t want to have any contact with him.” People go through a process of self-verification, where one automatically differentiates an object according to oneself.


阿赖耶识就是已经进入深层意识,很难去除。对一个人的印象,“这个人没救了,我不想跟他交朋友了”,就已经百分之百进入第八意识了,你再怎么做得好,他说你是假的,你再怎么改毛病,他说你是假的、虚的,你就是在骗他。因为他的这个意识已经存在心中,用现代话讲就是已经“戴着眼镜看人”了,看出去永远是“有色眼镜”,人家真的在改了,他也不会相信,因为意识已经进入第八意识当中。

Alaya consciousness is a deep subconscious level, and anything that enters it will be difficult to remove. For example, one’s impression of others. “That person is hopeless. I don’t want to be friends with them.” That view was certainly developed from your eighth consciousness. No matter how well they do, you would argue that they are pretending and everything they do is fake. No matter how much they change their ways, you would say that they’re faking it. In laymen terms, you are looking at them through coloured spectacles. Even if they have changed, you won’t believe it. That’s because your thoughts have already entered into your eighth consciousness.

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