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Its svabha¯va (basic nature), and what it does, what its activities are (karitra). This is analogous to distinguishing nouns and verbs. For Buddhists like Vasubandhu and Xuanzang, such analysis is ﬁne as long as one avoids the pitfall of substantializing the nouns. One way that Xuanzang signals this in the Cheng weishilun is by how he deﬁnes the eight consciousnesses. For instance, for manas, the Cheng weishilun asks: what is its basic nature and what is its activity? Vasubandhu/Xuanzang 33 Answer: its nature is mentation and its activity is to mentate.
Accordingly, he conceived of all that Soul animates in the world of sense, from Socrates to the smallest blade of grass, as connected to the world of the higher hypostases. He took it as axiomatic that there is no form of life, no individual being or thing here below that does not reﬂect, to however minute an extent, the higher world of the Forms, which are themselves reﬂections of the One. As a result, he viewed the cosmos as a whole as one living being, whose parts are interrelated, or, as the Stoics would have put it, ‘sympathetic’ to each other: This one All, moreover, is sympathetic (sympathes), indeed as one living thing, and the far is near, just as in one of the individual animals, nail, horn, ﬁnger, and any other of the limbs that are not contiguous, even though the part between them is discontinuous and is not affected at all, the non-near part is still affected .
To account for all reality, metaphysical and physical, he brought into play three immaterial realities (or hypostases), the One, Intellect and Soul, which follow each other in descending order from unity to diversity, each principle being the timeless ontological parent as well as the destiny and model of the principle that is emanated from it. Thus, by an eternal and necessary process, the One causes Intellect to be, Intellect emanates Soul and Soul, in turn, produces the celestial bodies and the physical world as a whole.
Consciousness and the Great Philosophers: What would they have said about our mind-body problem? by Stephen Leach, James Tartaglia