Neurologists are the first to admit that their science does not by any means comprehend the nervous system, which is only to say that the brain is far more complexly organized than our coded, linear information about it.
The problem is that literate and civilized people do not understand that their brains are much smarter than their minds, considering “mind” as the total system of verbal, mathematical, and notational rules by which we communicate and preserve information.
For as the fruit implies the tree, the human organism implies a cosmic energy system which “peoples” in the same way as a plant flowers. Basically, then, “self ” is not only the body but the whole energy system which embodies itself in all bodies.
The distinctive feature of Mahayana is that it regards nirvana as one and the same reality as the physical world (samsara), the difference between the two lying only in one’s point of view or state of consciousness. It was this that enabled Mahayana Buddhism to be involved in and concerned with culture, and to be a way of life for lay men and women as well as monks.
In short, the point is that every project for righting the world or oneself is a conceptual fantasy, because, while we remain in the world of concepts, we cannot identify right without the contrast of left or wrong.
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