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Is the Mind [essentially] bound to ignorance "not-knowing" or free? If it is bound, then its essential nature of "non-knowing" cannot depart, and, therefore, liberation is not [possible, or] if the essential nature departed, the mind would cease to be a Mind, i,e. it can no longer not-know. There's no issue here since the premise was ...


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Your using the word "essentially" reminded me of Tibetan doctrine -- for example What is the Mind? By His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I highlighted bits which I think address your question. Buddhist literature, both sutra and tantra, contains extensive discussions on mind and its nature. Tantra, in particular, discusses the various levels of subtlety ...


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What do you mean by "bound to ignorance"? If here by 'being bound' you mean a default state to which it will inevitably revert to, a default state of being ignorant, then that is one thing. If you mean that the starting configuration is the default which can be non-reversably modified, that is another thing. I don't know which of the two is closer ...


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Don't get infatuated with the word "essence" and "essential". Some people talk about "the essence of the mind" and try to make the mind the ultimate reality. What matters is that the mind is the chief of sukha or dukkha -- bad births and good births -- like in the Dhammapada: Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief;...


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