|In Buddhism, there is also an understanding of the
nature of reality in terms of its intimate relationship with the mind.
Because of this, one interpretation is taken to an extreme viewpoint
that denies the external reality of the physical world, saying that
everything exists only as mere projections of the mind. However, there
is no (true) understanding of the nature between mind and reality (in
this view). Actually, there is no denial of the reality of the external
world, however it is not perceived as an independent entity - something
that is independent of the minds of sentient beings.
carved Stone Bali Buddha, upper temple grounds
The transient nature of phenomena does not mean that something first
exists, then the interaction with external conditions creates its
disintegration and cessation. Within the cause which gives rise to
things and events, there is a kind of "mechanism" that is the very
factor which causes its disintegration and cessation. Everything is
explained as being dependent on this other power.
Within this stream of causal sequences of events, there are principally
two types: one which gives rise to the nature of suffering and the
undesirable, and another which gives rise to positive and desired
consequences. Since results are very much dependent upon their causes
and conditions - the more precious the result , the greater are the
causes and its conditions. Due to such a philosophical outlook, Buddhist
teachings emphasize the internal causes and conditions of the mind,
rather than those of the physical world, because the mind has a greater
effect or impact upon the experience of individuals.