Mind – Its Way of Existence, Structure and Functions in Tibetan Buddhism – Comparison with Phenomenology

  • Wiesław Kurpiewski
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 103)


The main subject of the paper is mind as it is expounded in Tibetan Buddhism (Gelug and Kagyu traditions); within Tibetan doctrinal approach, involving Tibetan technical terminology. The paper discusses such topics as:
  • Mind, its defining characteristics

  • Types of consciousness; their cognitive abilities

  • Stream of consciousness, its continuity

  • Place and significance of ego within the structure of mind

  • Meditative approach to mind

The text includes some notes comparing Oriental tradition with Western Phenomenology (Husserl and Ingarden). These are two different approaches to the subject: philosophically-meditational and philosophically-scientific. Comparative analysis of Eastern and Western knowledge on mind results in exposition convergences as well as differences between both traditions.


Mental Activity Buddhist Philosophy Aggregate Factor Mental Cognition True Existence 
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