foolish abstinent mind
According to Kukai, a foolish abstinent mind is the second stage of mind development. In this stage, self-awareness hastens, and it is at this stage that a person realizes that there is more to life than just following the fickleness on the untrained and ordinary mind. Kukai also stated that it is at this stage that a person starts refraining from over-indulgence as well as harmful actions hence making a person start turning away from the first level of mind and instead starts seeking for something more meaningful in life (Casal, Ugo Alfonso, 1959). This stage was also named as gudo jisai-shin, and a person starts to restrain oneself from self-instincts. The reason is that the stage of mind development makes one realise the different foolish things that one was engaging in and the desire to stop them is triggered.
Stage 3: Childlike fearless mind
This is a stage of mind development a person seeks to believe in an eternally unchanging god or salvation doctrine. During this third stage of mind development, Kukai stated that a person in this state is normally wearied with human suffering and it is for this reason that the person starts to seek the peace of dwelling in heaven with the only thing being salvation (Casal, Ugo Alfonso, 1959). It is this mind that first awakens the need for religion because one in this mindset development stage makes a person to feel like a child and hence increased need to seek comfort for the mother’s embrace. Unfortunately, a person in this stage fails to realize that the mother too is subject to death, old age, and sickness and hence the only option is to believe in a forever spiritual doctrine or unchanging god. The need is even more desperate when the mind is at this stage, and one performs the four mental concentrations together with the six practices (Matsuda, 2003). The reason is that these practices increases the disliking of the world below and instead increases the need to love and gain more knowledge about heaven (Taoism and Hinduism).
According to Kukai, in this third stage of mind development, a person starts to have amazing spiritual visions. However, these visions are only practicable in another world and not the present world that the individual is in. However; a person’s vision of what can be achieved expands to infinite even though the confidence involved makes it possible for the vision to happen in life or fail to occur in this life.
Stage 4: Mind of selfless aggregates
According to Kukai’s philosophy, the fourth stage of mindset development makes one see oneself as impermanent, but the person still thinks that the five aggregates have a real existence. These five aggregates include; perception, mental activity, consciousness, form, and will. The realization of the five aggregates, a person’s mind can think more clearly and realize the notion of a permanent ego is in the real sense unreal. The realization further makes a person see the need and benefits of the eightfold anticipation as well as the six supernatural powers (Dalisay, 2014). This means that the development of the brain makes the mind to recognize the existence of components and denies a permanent ego any form of recognition. According to Kukai, a person meets Buddhadharma for the first time in the fourth stage of mindset. It is the stage that people tend to practice all the core principles and values taught by Shakamuni. More so, the system of practice is normally characterized by the three mysteries which are; Samadhi, sila, and prajana. This stage is also the personal obstacle overcoming stage and awakens a person’s abilities to handle challenges (Matsuda, 2003).
Stage 5: Mind free of karmic seeds
The fifth stage of mind development makes a person destroy all the arrogance and ignorance which are said to have been planted by the bad karma. Just like in the fourth stage of brain development, in this stage also the brain lacks any form of compassion towards other beings (Casal, Ugo Alfonso, 1959). This means that in as much a lot of arrogance is uprooted; other mental weaknesses develop hence hindering total effectiveness on how the brain works.
Stage 6: Compassionate Mahayana mind
According to Kukai in his Japanese Buddhist Philosophy, the compassionate Mahayana mind is the level of mind where the mind becomes compassionate about all living things in the world. The mind becomes conscious of all things despite the realization that all objects are void and hence the mind tends to see all objects as real (Dalisay, 2014). Kukai stated in his philosophy that in the entire brain development process, this is the first time that great compassion takes place and one takes the action of granting aid to other people who might be in need of any help.
Stage 7: Mind awake to the unborn
According to Kukai, when the mind gets into this level of development, it is the time that an individual gets into an actual realization about the void nature of both the mind and objects. In this stage, Kukai elaborates that with the unborn, he means the false predictions that are made clear by the absolute emptiness that one feels in mind and objects (Matsuda, 2003). It is the stage of mind awakening to face the truth, and the mind in this stage becomes unproduced. More so, it is the stage that the mind comes to the realization that no dramas exist beyond the mind.
Stage 8: The mind single way
According to the philosophy, the eight step of mind development leads to a single way of thinking. Kukai defined mind single was as the way to the truth. The reason is because he believed that the brain can only perceive issues from one single way for the truth to be determined. According to Kukai, this level of mind development can understand and acknowledge that the world of delusion and enlightenment is the world of mind and matter, an all possible world, and all thoughts are contained in one individual mind (Casal, Ugo Alfonso, 1959). In this stage of mind development, the mind can come together and put more efforts and concentration on the true issues and minimizes the void felt in the seventh stage of mind development. The reason is that according to Kukai, the brain can consolidate and narrow down the wide perception to a narrow perception hence making things to have meaning and purpose,
Stage 9: Mind of ultimate no-self nature
According to Kukai’s Japanese philosophy, the mind in the ninth stage of development has gone through different stages, and the mind can push through all things around it. Nevertheless, the brain is still limited by its duality, and this is something that further hinders the brain from functioning or perceiving issues from a perfect point of view (Dalisay, 2014). The reason is that when the mindset is limited to duality, it means that the mind is being affected by two different issues hence compromising the way of perceiving problems.
Stage 10: secret sublime mind
This is the last stage of mindset, and in this stage, the mind has already gone through all the process, and the stage brings the brain to a breakthrough. The reason is that the mind has been able to follow illusions, comes to realize and overcome them among many other challenges. It is for this reason that Kukai stated that this stage of mind development is marked with a breakthrough of the duality and finally the mind can realize the true nature (Matsuda, 2003). With the duality challenge overcome, the much searched for truth is eventually realized, and the mind can settle after obtaining the truth.