Consciousness without comment

About: PDF to 2012 Newsletter from Cheng Hsin part quoted here

Hi Peter,
Are complete awareness and complete
consciousness the same thing?
Thanks,
Charles
.............................................
Charles,
No, not at all. People confuse awareness "
which is dependent on “experience” or
perception " with consciousness, because very
few of us grasp the nature of consciousness.
They also use cognize, which is dependent on
mind, interchangeably with "becoming
conscious," and therefore confuse the word
consciousness with cognition. This is to be
expected since in our culture we don’t make
fine distinctions between these words. What's
more, we completely misunderstand the true
nature of Consciousness.
When we are aware, we are “conscious” of
something in our experience, even if it is
abstract or completely non-objective. We're
aware of, say, an idea of being thrifty in much
the same way as we're aware of the boss
walking into the room. This is simply being or
becoming aware of something. It is similar to
recognizing and interpreting something within
our experience which I call “cognition.” Being
conscious of these things means we “know” of
them, identify them, and know them as
something. This is really cognition or awareness
" both of which exist within Consciousness.
Consciousness, on the other hand, is what’s
there, and at the same time doesn’t exist in
what’s there. It is the foundation, space, and
possibility for both awareness and cognition to
occur. It is the “mother” of mind, intellect,
intuition, perception, knowing. Consciousness
both doesn’t exist, and is existence. So do you
see where I’m going with this, and the direction
or distinction I’m making? Really grasping it
can only be done directly, to be “one” with
Consciousness, so to speak. And that’s not
common.
So to answer you question: no.
Peter

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