What we take to be our inner and outer worlds

In the Shurangama Sutra, the Buddha makes an important distinction for Ananda:

He undertakes first to show Ananda what might be involved in transcending:

  • The stream of sense-impressions that we take to be our external environment and
  • The stream of inner thoughts that we cherish as a characteristic of our identity.

– The Shurangama Sutra, Buddhist Text Translation Society Kindle Edition, Loc 212 of 7628.

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