What does it mean to know something?

Awareness བློ་

Awareness is mutually inclusive with conscioussness (ཞེས་པ་). The definition of awareness is that which is clear knowing.

Clear (གསལ་) is, for me, best described through an analogy of a lake in the Alps that is completely still and reflects back perfectly that sky and scenery around it. 

Knowing (རིག་པ་) is the mind experiencing, being aware of or engaging with the object.

There are seven types of awareness. I’m going to describe these in the reverse order to which they are traditionally presented. I am doing that as it’s easier to identify where I currently am to where I want to be rather than the ideal backwards.

Wrong Consciousness

Mistaken with respect to the object they are engaged in, the object which is actually being comprehended.