In translations of Tibetan Buddhism, they use the term cognizanse for what I have come to call awareness. It is a more precise term as it clearly indicates the function of perceiving/experiencing, while awareness (or consciousness) could be perceived to indicate something that has substance or independent existence. Still, even as it is more precise, it also seems more elevated – something special. While what it refers to is that which is most ordinary and commonplace – that which we all are the most intimate with.

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