Dividing consciousness

In some explanations from the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, a consciousness that makes dualistic appearances, dividing a moment of experience into an appearance of independently existing consciousness (subject) and independently existing object. The Tibetan term for this, rnam-shes, is the same as the usual word for primary consciousness.

Tibetan: རྣམ་ཤེས། rnam-shes

Sanskrit: vijñāna


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