Thursday, May 24, 2007

sems - mind

As I mentioned earlier, I will try to go through simple words and repeat now and then, as new blog readers will show up, and it's good to cover all cases. Earlier we looked through the causes, rgyu, for lam dang nyong mongs, karma and mental afflictions.

Well, it is to be found in sems, mind, Sanskrit citta. This is another reason for Buddhists to be called nang pa, those who go inside rather than outside. Or, as I like to think of it, Buddhism is mind science.

This word is good to learn, it again shows up over and over again in the literature.

Those studying Tibetan letters, the first letter is a sa, but the line above makes the syllable to se, and there's a ma, and finally a lonely sa that is nowadays not pronounced so the word sounds like sem.

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