What is awareness?

Awareness is like space, always free, always present, always pure, unaffected by weather. It's behind all the thoughts, emotions, perceptions and feelings.

--Mingyur Rinpoche

What is awareness?

This Self-awareness is different from knowing. Some people know everything but are aware of nothing, like the man in the Thurber cartoon about whom one woman whispered to another, "He doesn't know anything but facts." Others are aware of everything but know nothing. The first are informed fools, the second uninformed sages. The first are intellectuals without moral insight, the second are simple people with intuitive moral insight.

--Robert S. Hartman