Recently, scientists confirmed that the observable ordinary matters in the universe are made up only ~ 5% of the universe.  The rest of the universe are filled with ~ 23% dark matter and ~ 72% dark energy, which cannot be directly observed.  While dark matter permeates every galaxy in the universe, dark energy is like the powerful gravitational waves ‘pulling’ the expansion of spaces between the galaxies.  However, both dark matter and dark energy are still the biggest mysteries in a Universe.

I would like to use the Concept of Buddhism Heart Sutra to express my thoughts:  Form is ~ 95% emptiness in a dark universe; emptiness is  ~ 95% of form where ~ 23% is full of dark matters and ~ 72% is full of dark energy but ~ 5% emptiness of observable forms and known energy.  Where observable side is ~ 95% emptiness of dark matters including dark energy and ~ 5% is full of observable forms and known energy.  Of course, in that dark universe, there is neither 5 aggregates nor 18 spheres existed for us to discuss the ‘existence of their emptiness.’

The ‘Nature & Consciousness, Architects of the Universe’ summarizedthe following foremost facts about dark matter and dark energy:

–          Dark matter interacts with gravitational waves

–          Dark matter does not interact or colliding with observable matters

–          Dark matter does not emit light or absorb light

–          Dark matter permeates the galaxies where billion of them pass through us every second

–          Dark energy is repulsive

–          Dark energy does not come from dark matter as it is repulsive with dark matter (it is believed that dark matter would have ‘pulled’ the galaxies together than pushing them apart).

People believed the dark matter and dark energy could be the consciousness particles or consciousness energy. But consciousness energy probably precedes consciousness particles as consciousness energy is the source of all creation in a universe.

Consciousness energy creates, controls, and manipulates consciousness particles for such creation. These consciousness particles are interconnected to or intertwined with each other.  At the beginning of the Universe, some of these consciousness particles are used to create quarks, electrons, and photons…   Later they are formed into protons and neutrons.  Subsequently, the planets, stars, galaxies, solar system including earth and the consciousness particles are formed as well as the sentient beings including human beings.

The remaining consciousness that do not make any particles create the countless circular/spiral waves – from the smallest size of a quark, to the size of a planet, a star, and a galaxy  –  are similar to or the same as the gravitational waves.  These waves are like electrons orbiting the nucleus of atoms, planets orbiting stars, stars moving around the galaxies.  We can imagine the consciousness energy is like the Buddha with thousand hands and the seas of current consciousness particles as a giant three-dimension web, the circular waves are created by the Buddha’s hands, which permeate into, and pulling and stirring a giant Indra’s web (also called Indra’s jewels net or Indra’s pearls, Sanskrit Indrajāla.)

Vasubandhu already proved the birth of the Universe is caused by the consciousness energy.  Vasubandhu’s theory is definite in saying Consciousness, in the form of energy, create very thing in the Universe – including the laws governing them.  Consciousness (the subject) is always consciousness-of (the object.)  Every mental phenomenon refers to a content or direction toward an object. This is the intentionality of consciousness, the idea consciousness somehow contains its content, the latter as it were being always manifesting “in” sub-consciousness.

The Buddhism has also defined very well the architecture of Eighteen Spheres/Elements (Dhaatu) that bear their own characteristics or intrinsic nature (attano sabhaavam dhaarentiiti dhaatuyo) [Vism.p. 41] where the six Consciousness is the source of all creation in the Universe and the architecture is based on the Five Aggregates.  For life forms with sense-organs, they follow the appendage of architecture, which is the Twelve Spaces and the Eighteen Spheres.  The relationship between the 5 aggregates of human personality (pa~nca-kkhandha // pa~nca-skandha) and 12 Spaces (aayatana) as well as 18 Spheres (dhaatu) is epistemologically significant.  While 12 Spaces (aayatana) are located within the category of as 18 Spheres (dhaatu,) the six consciousness/6 sense-organs belonging to both of 12 Spaces (aatayana) and of 18 Spheres (dhaatu,) and 6 fold consciousness (vi~n~naa.naa) of 18 Spheres (dhaatu) can be placed under the category of 5 aggregates of sentient being/human personality (pa~nca-kkhandha // pa~nca-skandha.)  Simply, 6 sense-organs +  6 sense-data/ objects + 6 resultant consciousnesses = 18 elements/spheres)

Relation between Naamaruupa, Khandha, Aayatana and 18 Dhaatu



(sắc danh)

Pañca-skandha (ngũ uẩnzh. wǔyùn五蘊) Dhaatu

(6 phân tử)

12 Aayatana

(căn trần)

18 Dhaatu

(18 giới thức)


(sắc, form)

1. Aggregate of form (zh.; sa., pi. rūpa), Sắc uẩn 1. earth (thổ, (pa.thavi)
2. water (Thủy,aapo)
3. fire (hỏa,tejo)
4. air (khí,vaayo)
5. space (không gian, akaasa)
1. eye (mắt,cakkhu)
2. ear (tai, sota)
3. nose (mũi,
4. tongue (lưỡi,jivhaa)
5. body (thân,kaaya)7. the visible (thấy, ruupa)
8. sound (nghe,sadda)
9. smell (ngữi,gandha)
10. taste (nếm,rasa)
11. touch (sờ,pho.t.thabba)
12. some Pháp,dhamma
1. mắt (eye, cakkhu)
2. tai (ear, sota)
3. mũi (nose,
4. lưỡi (tongue, jivhaa)
5. thân (body, kaaya)7. thấy (visible, ruupa)
8. nghe (sound, sadda)
9. ngửi (smell, gandha)
10. nếm (taste, rasa)
11. sờ (touch,pho.t.thabba)
12. pháp (some,dhamma

(danh, name)

5. Aggregate of consciousness
(zh. , sa. vijñāna, pi. viññāṇa), Thức uẩnalong with2. aggregate of feeling (vedanaa-kkhandha) Thọ uẩn
3. aggregate of perception (zh. , sa. saṃjñā, pi. saññā), Tưởng uẩn 
4. aggregate of disposition (zh. , sa. saṃskāra, pi. saṅkhāra), Hành uẩn
6.consciousness (viññāṇa), Tâm thức 6. mind (tâm trí, mano)

12. some Pháp,dhamma

6. thức (mind, mano)

12. pháp (some,dhamma
13. thức thấy (visual consciousness, 
14. thức nghe (auditory consciousness, sota-viññāṇa)
15. thức ngửi (olfactory consciousness, ghaana-viññāṇa)
16. thức nếm (gustatory consciousness, jivhaa-viññāṇa)
17. thức xúc (tactile consciousness, kaaya-viññāṇa)
18. tâm thức (mental consciousness, mano-viññāṇa)

 Sentient beings, specially human beings have a same origin not only as the single cell organisms but also have the same origin as particles, atoms, planets, stars, and the galaxies.  There is a very well defined architecture that governs this universal creation process and together formed the basis of a Universe’s Cognitive Process existing in particles (spooky actions as Albert Einstein called it,) water, plants, Eighteen Sphere structures in human brain, artificial consciousness in computer, which is created by Consciousness.

Consciousness is also expressed in the basis of Hundred Dharmas that has the characteristics of existing in the form of energy, working within spaces, and existing in emptiness.  The Hundred Dharmas or the Universe’s creation process started with a Mind where the Mind are of eight kinds – the Eye, Ear, Nose, Tongue, Body, Mind, Manas, Alaya Consciousness.  However, the main creators are the first six Consciousness and the last two are auxiliary. 

The thought makes the entire universe is only half truth.  Perhaps, our human six conscious senses are deceiving us by their inaccurate measurements of our world (Samsara,) existence maybe just an illusion, and reality isn’t real.  Thus, all of reality exists only in our minds.   Everything we know maybe merely a constructed matrix of our thoughts.  Thing might not appear as we see and think as it is.  One possible implication is that the reality is actually two-dimensional (X and Y,) the three-dimensional space (Z,) and the fourth-dimensional (time) are merely a holography, which would explain some of the wackiness of quantum mechanics. 

Back to another side, in this case means ‘go to bright side with light’ ‘back to’ the dark side without light with dark energy and dark matters.  Since dark side neither emits light nor absorbs light and probably it produces no noise and if we are evolved in those environments perhaps we would not need these six sense organs.  We might have no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, may be no mind as expressed beautifully in Buddhism Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamitahridaya Sutra), which are the five aspects of human existence are empty and six sense organs are non-existence, all things are emptiness.  If that the case, then we might not call ourselves as a human being but ‘super-being?’

 In short, the concept of ‘consciousness creating everything in the Universe’ is only true for an observable universe, which is only ~ 5% observable matters, and full of non-emptiness that formed by five aggregates and consciously measurable by 18 Buddhism’s Spheres.  It does not accountable for another ‘dark side,’ which is subconsciously full emptiness of five aggregates.  The ultimate truth of ‘emptiness of emptiness’ should be resolved by the modified Heart Sutra (The Prajñāpāramitā Sutra) formulaas Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara practiced the profound Prajnaparamita,  Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara saw that the ‘universe’ is ‘emptiness of emptiness.’  That is non-dualism!

1.      Logic of Quantum Negation, Tru Huy Le MSEE, August 10th, 2014
2.      Nature & Consciousness, Architects of the Universe
3.      Lục căn, lục trần, lục thức = 18 giới, Truyen Binh, posted on 24/06/2011 by Duy Lực Thiền
4.      Human Existence in Terms of Twelve Spheres and Eighteen Elements, Bhikkhu Thich Nhat-Tu
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