posted on Aug, 19 2003 @ 04:52 PM
Consciousness is one of the five aggregates, in buddhist philosophy, that make up ones "self".
Consciousness is "awareness" that stems from the other four aggregates.
I know I am being VERY vague in my explanation. In order to get into more detail though, I'd have to explain a few other things such as the
other 4 aggregates (matter, sensations, perceptions, and mental formations), atman, and "no-atman", and a few other things. To cover all the topics
I'd like to, in a manner which could be easily understood, I feel it would take hours, if not days, (and even with days, or years, I probly still
couldn't explain it right...) so I will simply keep it as:
Consciousness is awareness.
Should you have any questions though, feel free to U2U me, I may not be able to answer your questions, but I probly can get you in contact with
someone who knows.
Also remember that my definition of consciousness is coming from my learnings as a Buddhist. The definition will certainly vary depending on whom you
ask, and their educational / religious background.
A google search on the five aggregates may reveal more detail... try it...
[Edited on 19-8-2003 by oui]