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Consciousness The Lord of the World?

Buddha said

The lord of the city’: this is designation for consciousness

Do Buddhist believe everything is conciousness?

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Yogacara Buddhists teach that all is Mind, as far as I am aware, but that is not the same as “all is Consciousness” in English, Sanskrit, and Pali. Furthermore, Yogacara Buddhists are Mahayana Buddhists and use sutras rejected as forgeries by the Theravada Buddhists and those who rely upon the Pali Canon.

When the Buddha said in Dhp 1;
“Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā” he meant the same thing IMO.
With Metta

Exactly. Why do nowadays people misunderstand a simple thing.

Another question is: Do Buddhist experience anything outside consciousness?

The effect. Supreme consciousness.

As far as I know, Asanga and Vasubandhu were saying that our experiences are merely manifestations of consciousness, rather than truly existing objects. It’s primarily about the nature of perception.

The Yogacara model of human experience is not so different from the six sense fields in the EBT’s. In SN 35.23, the Buddha says that “the all” simply refers to this (i.e. because this is what we actually experience). But the point in Yogacara and the EBT’s is to let go of these things.

To be fair, Theravada Buddhists traditionally reject pretty much anything that is not the Pali Canon. That includes most developments in the history of Indian Buddhism.

From SN 22.45:

Consciousness is impermanent. What’s impermanent is suffering. What’s suffering is not-self. And what’s not-self should be truly seen with right understanding like this: ‘This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my self.’ Seeing truly with right understanding like this, the mind becomes dispassionate and freed from defilements by not grasping.

Being one of the five aggregates, consciousness is by its nature impermanent.

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I didn’t say Supreme Consciousness as in permanent my friend. Just the best state of consciousness

I just found this interesting

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The idea in Buddhism is that actually there is not separation. Everything is actually connected and we see in terms of superior equal and inferior. Removing the appearance of self in the mind there is no Separation. Then there is seeing all as just connected. I believe Buddha just used Mind in place of self. And consciousness without naming it self.

I just want to hear from someone how do you see it compared to EBT