What is a Phenomenon »
Drop of Dhamma Delight!

Friends:

All Phenomena are just Mental States:



Question:
What is a phenomenon?

Answer: A phenomenon is an experienced state manifesting as an appearance, a mentally
observed event, a conscious occasion! Whether experienced as a mental object: Examples:
An experienced thought, idea, feeling, mood, or experienced as a physical object: Examples:
An experienced sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch: This experience remains just a mental 'state',
which is what in early Buddhism is called a discrete 'Dhammā' . This event is just a passing moment
of consciousness in time! As such: Everything worldly is a mental state! Nothing whatsoever exists
as an
independent of mind 'physical' object 'out there', until it is observed as a mind experience...
Before and after this direct observation, this 'thing', remains just an 'idea', or a mere potential

possibility of quantum-mechanical likelihood for observation! Not quite as 'real' anymore...

They once asked the Buddha:
What is the Cause of a Phenomenon?

He replied:
Attention (manasikāra) is the cause of any phenomenon!
Why so? When attention is present, the phenomenon appears...
When attention is absent, the phenomenon disappears!
and he further later added:
This World  both Begins  and Ends  within this 2 fathom frame of bones...  SN I 62
The ALL is thereby actually just a sensed and experienced representation...  SN IV 15



Insisting on Direct Experience as Reality:
This ultra-realistic insistence on direct experience is also called Radical Empiricism,
a pragmatic conception of reality, which philosophically was coined by
William James.



Further resources on this Dhamma 'Atom' of Experienced Existence:
The Theory of Discrete States (Dhammā)  for the Beginner:
The Dhamma Theory: The Philosophical Cornerstone of the Abhidhamma
Y. Karunadasa. Wheel 412/413 Buddhist Publication Society https://www.bps.lk/

For further study on Phenomena as mere mental states:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Phenomena_is_Mental_States.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Causes_of_Emergence.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/b_f/dhamma.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_ALL.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Out_in.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_Empiricism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenomenon
 

 The Phenomenon 'Match'  Occurring only momentarily by
mentally experienced observation! Not 'out there' as an observer-independent 'substance',
but 'in here' in our observer-mind, as just yet another experiencable passing mental state...

On participatory Observation in Orthodox Contemporary Quantum-Mechanics:
Quantum_Buddhism, Observer Participation, Some_Clues, What_the_Bleep,
The_Fact_of_No-Self_Anatta, Quantum_Buddhist_Agreements,
No_Substance_'Out_There', Coincident_Cross-Consistency,
Ontology, Discrete_States, Omniscient_Quantum_Mind.

Phenomena are Mental States...


Home Index


 

Recommended Links
  • C and M Law Corporation are about more than dollar figures. We are about effectively helping people through our a personal injury team, unafraid to fight on their behalf against insurance companies and other big business interests. We have been a reputable Los Angeles personal injury attorney firm serving the city’s residents for over 45 years. Personal injury encompasses many types of lawsuits. Regardless of the type of accident or injury, we have the experience to successfully represent you and your family. If you or someone you know has been injured through the negligence or recklessness of others, come see us. We can help get you the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. The personal injury attorney Los Angeles firm of C and M Law Corporation has won an excess of 2 Billion Dollars in settlements!
  •