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p. 198/32 p. 200/1-2 p. 200/10-14

p. 201/12 p. 202/2-4 p. 202/10-11

p. 203/15-18 p. 203/18-21

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p. 205/21-22 p. 205/24


[Whatever the ground or justification may be for treating the telepathically impressed Pegasus as an idea, and the telaesthetically acquired Steeds of Dawn as an object…]: Both are images. [the world of external reality.]: External to what? [Potential naturally transcends actual, and it is not at the actual that the limit lies.] noted and checked. [Potential means possible to be apprehended of mind as it exists in the parts—potential to the parts—using the word parts in contradistinction to the word whole—Oh he says, the parts can’t be conscious of the whole, but the whole can be conscious of itself as a whole, and also as a whole of parts.]: Cf. Sartre’s ‘totalité détotalisée in L’Être et le Néant, p. 242. [Unconscious is not an equivalent for potential. No.] checked. [her conscious and unconscious self are identified with her supraliminal and subliminal self.]: See p. 157. [using the term subliminal here to denote what is highest and best in the human mind.] u/l: But ‘subliminal’ is ‘unconscious’ (see above), and, for Freud at least, the ‘unconscious’ is not unlike a cesspool. See p. 273. [the distinction between potential and actual content is to be understood as applying to minds in general, whether incarnate or discarnate]: Yes. [by ‘potential content’ is meant the store of past impressions which have become and remain latent unless called up into present consciousness and made actual by an exercise of memory.] ‘the store of past impressions’ u/l: This is too restricted—also too naive—e.g. a potential precognition is not a past impression. An exercise of attention is better. [I find it hard to believe that retro-cognitive telaesthesia could ever be independent of the memories of some mind or other.] u/l: Why? This seems to take the phenomenon of memory as something already clearly understood. [An idealistic theory of the universe may resolve matter into the content of some cosmic mind.]: This, of course, won’t do. [But as long as we treat the distinction between matter and mind as fundamental] u/l: See NoD, nåma (b) or (c).

Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...