Sense consciousness and mind with brain activity are the prime instruments which create formation or sankhara or fabrication. The term vingnana is instrumental in forming or fabrication of rupa. As vingnana is directly linked with consciousness and vingnana is explained as a momentarily changing phenomenon , it is obvious that its link consciousness too is momentarily changing.JohnK wrote:It seems like he is using the English word "consciousness" here as a translation of the deathless (for whatever reason) -- though I only listened to the first minute or so after the question -- perhaps he goes on longer to explain.
[Yes, he goes on to repeat a few times that all sankharas are impermanent; that sense consciousness is impermanent; so he has some other meaning of "consciousness" as he's using it here, so it seems.]
As of today many universities in UK and America has set up research areas with neuro science and consciousness we are now blessed with the idea that consciousness is a phenomenon similar to gravity but it is to do with neural aspects with brain and mind.
Ven. Dalai Lama is seen in " Lion roar" in discussions explaining such situations with high intellectuals of recognised universities.