Thoughts but no Thinker ! 2

Oh, AFAIK it’s easy to say this, but haven’t “you” heard : YOU are NOT your Thoughts ?

Now, believe it or not, to verify the Truth of such a statement is actually very very simple : Just Look At One’s Own Mind eh ? 😉

When a rainbow appears vividly in the sky, you can see its beautiful colors, yet you could not wear it as clothing, or put it on as an ornament. It arises through the conjunction of various factors, but there is nothing about it that can be grasped. Likewise, thoughts that arise in the mind have no tangible existence or intrinsic solidity. There is no logical reason why thoughts, which have no substance, should have so much power over you, nor is there any reason why you should become their slave.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

2 thoughts on “Thoughts but no Thinker !

  1. Reply Simon Oct 18,2019 2:42 pm

    Do not follow after past thoughts, do not anticipate future thoughts, and do not fall under the influence of present thoughts. Rather, rest in meditative equipoise in the nature of spontaneously settled, great clear light. You must recognize that there is nothing else for you to meditate on. . . . In general, the minds of sentient beings are an expanse of emptiness and luminosity, in which all kinds of thoughts can arise. So as you let your mind illuminate them like a candle, the appearances of various thoughts emerge from the domain of afflictive cognition, like sparks emerging from fire. When waves emerge from water, even though the water and the waves appear to be separate, they are of one taste in the nature of water, without one being worse or better than the other. Likewise, from the very moment that thoughts arise, the ground of their arising is the absolute space of ultimate reality; and the thoughts and the one to whom they appear are not really different but are rather of the same taste. You must know how this is so.

    [Düdjom Lingpa]

  2. Reply Simon Oct 18,2019 7:21 pm

    Ah ! 😉

    Mindfulness of the Mind

    The close application of mindfulness to the mind strikes at the root of clinging to the mind as constituting our real identity. When we closely examine the wide range of discursive thoughts, mental images, emotions, desires, and other mental impulses and states of consciousness that arise and pass moment by moment, we come to see that none of them, individually or collectively, constitutes a real self. They are simply mental events emerging in dependence upon prior causes and conditions. With the insight thus gained into the impersonal nature of the mind, we overcome the fear that our real self will be annihilated. This leads to an understanding of the third noble truth, the reality of the cessation of suffering and its source. Such practice also overcomes the deeply rooted tendency to view what is impermanent as being permanent, a fundamental delusion that gives rise to many other mental afflictions. Thoughts and all other mental events come and go from moment to moment, and our awareness of them also arises and passes in flickering moments of luminosity. Nowhere in this effervescent flow of mental events is there anything stable or abiding, anything constituting a self, or anything intrinsically “mine.”

    From : B. Alan Wallace’s “Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic

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