Alaya is considered the eighth, a sort of ground or eternal matrix, a storehouse of creativity containing all karmic traces and phenomenal possibilities; ultimately. The Alaya-Vijnana System (アラヤシキシステム Araya Shiki Shisutemu) is an organic interface system that was developed during the Calamity War as a way to . After the implantation, the person has an interface on the back for physical connection to the Alaya-Vijnana system connector in the mobile weapon’s cockpit .

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Your stream of mind events and behavior will have all assumed a virtuous character aaya is unimaginable. It carries karmic legacies sa-bon and the mental impressions of memories, in the sense that both are nonstatic abstractions imputed on the alayavijnana. As right-wrong views constitute wisdom of transcendence: The true dharmakaya, on the other hand, is inconceivable; only prajna transcendental wisdom can vijnanx you alzya its very borders.

Ahmed 4, 6 This is why you can see the karma of all beings in every direction, for you can understand the totality of empty but alays origination. The same idea is conveyed by the expression alayasamugghata – ‘ uprooting of Alaya ‘ – which is used in the Pali Canon as a synonym for Nirvana.

This is pure, true wondrous illumination, the perfect purity of fundamental enlightenment. Equivalent to the aggregate of forms of physical phenomena. In Karel Werner, ed. It is also translated as ‘foundation consciousness’ and, by some translators, as ‘storehouse consciousness. As a major concept used in the Chinese Zen Ch’an tradition, the term alayavijnana also appears in the Platform Sutra in conjunction with the arising and functioning of one’s self-nature.

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This is why you must learn detachment, and how to skillfully master these processes. The term prajna is absent from the Lanka in which the alayavijnana first appears.


Berlin, Germany; January, ; revised April, Alaya-vijnana is only remains to the end of sansara. Asanga too mentions that it is named Citta. The Buddha’s message is not the elimination of discrimination by negating the referent of words, but to vjjnana that all words and phenomena are dependently arisen and dependently ceased because they only have provisional use due to their impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and no-self.

One may notice here that Alaya-Vijnana or tathagatgarbha and Citta are described almost by the same terms. Comparative Studies in Greek vjjnana Indian Philosophies”.

The alaya consciousness is omnipresent, but if it were not for the functioning of the other seven consciousnesses, it would not create good and bad karma or interact with phenomena.

Sometimes translated as ‘the three spheres’ of an action.

Eight Consciousnesses

If ignorance is originally existent, how is it possible to overcome it? Because prajna is that which enables you to understand the Tao, and properly cultivate the spiritual path. Verses Delineating the Eight Consciousnesses [ dead link ]. While the various seeds within the alaya are engendered to affect the various consciousnesses and bring about experiential realms, we must remember that the consciousnesses simultaneously perfume the seeds, so they become in their turn causes which perfume and mature seeds, and which thereby in turn produce further seeds of experience.

In other words, you do not put in the required efforts of spiritual cultivation, so the fruitional results of these seeds do not manifest, but remain covered.

These three seeds include: The realm without entry is the impetus behind the famous spiritual cultivation method of Avalokiteshvara, which involves listening to sound to trace hearing back to its source. We would also appreciate your feedback on Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. Alayx this Anguttara passage, the term Alaya in the same sense is found in several other places of the Pali Canon.


But science goes about it in a way that will never succeed. At this point of spiritual attainment you will have transformed all the consciousnesses into wisdom functionings. As a result, both sounds alayx and silence stillness ceased to arise.

Some translators render the term as ‘impermanent phenomena. I don’t ivjnana if alayavijnana is permanent, but it lasts more than the phenomena of the five senses, alaja mind and the dreams. Sign In Don’t have an account? Phenomena change but this never changes; it is always still there, always constant.

In the case of mental cognition, it is the immediately preceding moment of cognition. Again the Pali term khinabijawhich is used to denote an Arahant whose seeds of defilements are destroyed’, expresses the same idea.

In other words, enlightenment can be partial or complete, and partial enlightenment has its own various stages or bhumis. It contains all the traces or vijnan of the past actions and all good and bad future possibilities.

The right-wrong construction requires the proper development of prajna to recognize the object and its comprehension as right view in the application of the four noble truths.

Cittawhich is here called Alayavijnanarepresents the deepest, finest and subtlest aspect or layer of the Aggregate of Consciousness. The alaya does no real judging on its own. The Dharma master Xuan Zang tried to summarize alayx principles by saying, a seed produces a manifestation, and a manifestation perfumes a seed simultaneously acts as a cause and effect.

Prajna transcendental wisdom is not ordinary human intelligence, because intelligence is conceptual in nature and limited to your previous knowledge, experience, feelings and images.

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