A CLEAR MIND is Wisdom & Compassion. New MJ Awakening Blog
July 16, 2019

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A CLEAR MIND IS WISDOM & COMPASSION

“The primary obstacle to attaining wisdom is
attachment to the self. When you face people, things,
and situations, the notion of “I” arises immediately.
When you attach to this “I”, you categorize and judge
everything else accordingly: “This is mine; that is not.
This is good for me; that is not. I like this; I hate that.”
Attachment to the idea of self makes true clarity impossible.

But how might we define non-attachment?
According to Chan, non-attachment means that when
you face circumstances and deal with other people,
there is no “I” in relation to whatever may appear in
front of you. Things are as they are, vivid and clear.
You can respond appropriately and give whatever is
needed.

Clear awareness of things as they are, in this
state of selflessness, is what Chan calls wisdom.
Giving whatever others may need with no thought of
the self is what Chan calls compassion. Wisdom and
compassion describe the awareness and function of the
enlightened mind. In Chan, these two cannot be
separated, and both depend on putting down the
attachment to self.”

-Ven. Sheng Yen

The nature of the MIND is to THINK, like the nature of the EYE is to SEE. New MJ Awakening Blog
June 9, 2019

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THE NATURE OF THE MIND IS TO THINK

“What goes on in the mind is all of the thinking that we do. You’ll find that when you’re sitting in meditation, it’s generally thought to be a real obstacle to meditation practice, this thinking that goes on.

But the truth is the mind has as its very nature the act of thinking. Thinking is something we do all the time. It’s the way of the mind. Any experience that we have automatically there’s a thought about it.

So when thoughts arise, thoughts of the past, thoughts of the future, good thoughts or bad thoughts, any kind of thought… we shouldn’t see it as an obstacle or a negative thing at all. We should see it simply as a part of nature. It’s the nature of the mind to think. And how we do this is see it as thinking. It is what it is.”

– Ven. Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu

MICHAEL: The nature of the mind is to think, like the nature of the eye is to see. There’s no inherent problem with either activity, as both are natural bodily functions. It’s the mistaking of the thoughts as “me” (due to ignorance) that leads directly to suffering, stress and worry.

DEPENDENT OCCURRENCE means that one thing relies upon another thing for its existence. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 20, 2019

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THE RICE SEEDLING SUTRA

“Maitreya, today while looking at a seedling of rice, the Buddha, the Bhagawan said to the monks, O monks, he who completely understands the process of dependent occurrence, understands what is the dharma. He who understands what is the dharma, understands what is Buddha, the enlightened state. Having spoken thus, the Buddha, the Bhagawan fell silent.”

-Sariputra

MICHAEL: Dependent Occurrence means that one thing relies upon another thing for its existence. For example, a window depends on glass for its existence. Glass depends on sand for its existence, etc.

The Buddha is saying that if this is truly realized, then one’s own empty Buddha nature will also be realized.

And so now you know the answer to the famous riddle: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” The Answer is neither (or both), because you can’t have one without the other. Hence they depend upon each other to exist.

 

 

 

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