By Chogyam Trungpa
This can be the transcript of talks given by way of Rinpoche on the first Seminary, a twelve-week education interval of extensive research and meditation held at Jackson gap, Wyoming.
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There was a big misunderstanding with the two terms. Taranatha I think wrote that kun-zhi is the basis of all samsara and nirvana and ---some Gelugpa scholar came along and he criticized it. " 0: What is memory? R: Memory is at the level of the seventh or subconscious. 0: It is memory that arises in response to situations? R: When you begin to relate with the situation, then you begin to relate with maybe the sixth or the mental faculty. But the original memory is subconscious. 0: Is the term yiddam an extension from yid?
A problem, and you are unable to understand it at all. What we've been discussing so far is extremely simple and primary-kindergarten level-- and I think there should be some sense of celebration, so to speak, some kind of joy. We have two types of celebrations in the seminary: one is the constant sitting and facing oneself and watching the others and so forth, but it's slightly monotonous. The other type of celebration is exercising the intellect which is also related with what you've been practising, what everybody's been practising, doing.
Q: R · Definitely. Otherwise alaya could not exist either·, because it doesn't have any mechanism to be the basis of. Q: Jung' s work on the consciousness -- is that some sort of description of what alaya means, through our normal consciousness? R: I suppose so. But there seems to be a tremendous misunderstanding with the terms that he uses, and also with the idea of a basic split, which is much more than alaya. Let me put it this way: there are several types of alayas known in Buddhist tradition.