Glossary

T is for

Three Pathways

Our experience of life is mediated by the three pathways of experience which can also be the three pathways of suffering. These are the paths by which data arrives to the consciousness, the senses (internal and external), the memory and the imagination. Normally, the three are not only confused but full of errors (illusions). So, just as we can speak (if only for convenience) of these 3 pathways and can highlight their nature as the sources of all experience or as the sources of suffering we can also note their dubious nature, i.e. the 3 illusory pathways. I can have sensory information that is more or less accurate — or totally illusory. The same is true for memory and imagination (i.e. I can fear a future event that will never take place).