It is said that on a subtle level, we mainly identify with the continuum of consciousness (i.e. with the all-base consciousness, or alayavjinana). Why do you think that is so? CQ Module 1, 3&4
1. Question concerning the above question:
What is alaya vijnana on the subtle level and how is it recognized?
What is alaya vijnana on the gross level and how is it recognized?
It would be nice to not get only explanations but also differentiations in between the two.
My contemplation: Because there is nothing else to be found? Habit? Ignorance! - not knowing better! - not questioning it… not being able to do otherwise…. lack of concentration/ability to go beyond… So you see, I didn't get very far with this ;-)
I also would like some opinions on that one:
2. If there is no true “self” or “I”, what is it that takes rebirth?
CQ Module 1, 3&4
My contemplation: Alaya consciousness, which in itself is again not inherent existent, - (further contemplation:) meaning it is depending on its own causes, so each moment of the mental continuum depends on its previous moment and so on... (or the other way round) until this karmic chain of tiny moments comes to a stop, !not through death! but through attaining Budhahood when all karmic tendencies have ceased. (This was Claudias question in the last session, I think). Why should this alaya consciousness or mental continuum not continue after death and carry on into the next life, etc. As long as that karmic chain hasn't been put to an hold it will undoubtedly continue. It only "sort of dissolves" into the ultimate when the karmic tendencies are completely stopped and then there is no more unwilled rebirth.