「この惑星」の内部 | Under the surface of this planet

華厳経にいう、

三界の所有は唯是れ一心なり

三界とは生きものが輪廻する三つの世界のことで、輪廻の分があるから「三」なのだが、要するにそれを含めて「世界」のことだ。「世界に有るところのものはただ一つ、心だ」と言っている。

これがいわゆる唯心論と同じかどうか。たぶんちがうと予想。つまり重点は「心」ではなく「一」にある。「三界の所有は唯是れ 一物 なり」と言っても同じということだ。なぜか。当研究所がしばしば用いる「物心連続仮説」をご存知の方は一瞬でわかるはずだ。ご存知でなければ、別解をここに示す。

華厳経は「心」がなにか、「心」にはどんなメカニズムがあって三界を形成しているか、ということには関心を払っていない。ということは、「心」は無定義用語、つまり幾何学者が「点」を定義しない(する必要がない)のと同じく、仮に選んだ記号にすぎない。何でもかまわない。三界を構成するものは一つしかない。それを心とする。物としてもいい。要は、三界には区別というものが存在しないと。

SFみたいに言うと、通常の惑星の三界は種々の区別、したがって構造をもっている。しかし惑星Zの華厳経にはそれがない。まるで、地形が形成されない恒星のような状態を華厳経が記述しているかのようだ。地球はどうなのか。その表層の起伏を掘削すれば、もしかすると地底からZが出現するのではないか。

 

In Avataṃsaka Sūtra, Buddha says:

“Mind is the one and only one element throughout the three realms.”

Though the idea of ‘three realms’, or three worlds, sounds fantastic suggesting a SF-like scenario, it is actually a samsaric extension of the mundane world. The point is that Buddha proposes a monistic view of the world, made up of the sole element ‘mind’. Is it identical with, or at least a variant of, philosophical idealism in which the existence of all objects and events appearing in the world are considered to be dependent on the activity of mind? I don’t think so. Buddha asserts monism, but not necessarily monism of mind; he could have stated it as monism of matter, saying, “matter is the one and only one element throughout the three realm.” The reason would be clear to those who remember our continuity theory between mind and matter. To those who do not, I’ll try an alternative solution:

Avataṃsaka Sūtra does not tell us about the precise mechanism of mind being the basis for all the world’s events; it seems to make little sense what mind actually is. Like ‘points’ in geometry where mathematicians do not––or need not––give definition of ‘points’, ‘mind’ would be a mere token for the monistic claim. To be a unique element covering the entire three realms, any entity would do the job; you can replace ‘mind’ with ‘matter’ or any other thing. In brief, the ‘three realms’ have no differential structure, continuous at every locus.

Back to a SF-like story, whereas a normal planet’s three realms have a differentiated structure, the planet Z with Avataṃsaka Sūtra does not; Z is more like the Sun, a huge continuity of energy-generating reaction without solid geological structure. Then, ask about our planet. Ask what Buddha discovered when he drilled through the upper layers of the ancient civilization. Ask if there was a Z-like state of human beings and a hope to recreate it.

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