In chapter 9 verses 62-67 Shantideva is returning to a form of dialogue to examine consciousness, asking if it can be a permanent singular entity. Is hearing consciousness active only when there is a sound? Or does hearing consciousness exist even when there is no sound? He asks if the same consciousness that hears a sound is also the same as the consciousness that sees an object, and presents the examples of a father, who is also a son, and asks can he be both at the same time? Or an actor who plays the role of one person then later changes roles. He points to the continuous flow of activity that is always changing, and that in essence the person of the actor remains constant.
The point here is that sense consciousness is constant and continuously responding to stimuli, so it is not a permanent, fixed thing.
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