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.