Table of Contents for Root Meanings

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  • Root Meanings is a work in progress that will continue to emerge and evolve until the Mind of minds is absolutely clear. The definitions below are subject to evolution.
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Revision: 13 May 2023


  • An apparent difference between phenomena.
  • An apparent difference between concepts or ideas.
  • Contrast is a form of distinction.
  • Distinctions may be qualitative, as in perceived colors, or quantitative, as in orders of magnitude.
  • The bodymind is a complex system of distinctions.
  • The mind operates by making and remembering distinctions.
  • The body outpictures the system of distinctions in the mind.
  • The skillful use of distinctions for the purpose of liberation dissolves distinctions and thereby defragments the mind.
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