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Mind

The trouble maker

The particular thing that has created the problems of life is the dissatisfied mind of desire, which clings first of all to this life, seeking only the temporary happiness of this life, and then to these eight objects: having comfort, not having discomfort, receiving materials (such as friends and so forth), not liking not to receive materials, having a good reputation, not having a reputation, receiving praise, not having criticism. The dissatisfied mind of desire clings to these eight objects.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Gems of Wisdom – Geluk Tradition


Remaining even-minded

The more we watch our mind and see what it does to us and for us, the more we will be inclined to take good care of it and treat it with respect. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is taking the mind for granted. The mind has the capacity to create good and also evil for us, and only when we are able to remain happy and even-minded no matter what conditions are arising, only then can we say that we have gained a little control. Until then we are out of control and our thoughts are our master.

– Ayya Khema

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Opening up our small mind

If you want to obtain perfect calmness in your zazen [meditation], you should not be bothered by the various images you find in your mind. Let them come, and let them go. Then they will be under control. But this policy is not so easy. It sounds easy, but it requires some special effort. How to make this kind of effort is the secret of practice. Suppose you are sitting under some extraordinary circumstances. If you try to calm your mind you will be unable to sit, and if you try not to be disturbed, your effort will not be the right effort. The only effort that will help you is to count your breathing or to concentrate on your inhaling and exhaling. We say concentration, but to concentrate your mind on something is not the true purpose of Zen. The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes. This is to put everything under control in its widest sense. Zen practice is to open up our small mind. So concentrating is just an aid to help you realize “big mind,” or the mind that is everything.

– Shunryu Suzuki

from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”

Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition

All the visible Universe is the Buddha

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“All the visible Universe is the Buddha; so are all sounds; hold fast to one principle and all the others are Identical. On seeing one thing, you see ALL. On perceiving any individual’s mind, you are perceiving ALL Mind.. When your glance falls upon a grain of dust, what you see is identical with all the vast world systems with their great rivers and mighty hills. To gaze upon a drop of water is to behold the nature of all the waters of the Universe. Only come to know the nature of your own Mind, in which there is no self and no other, and you will in fact be a Buddha.”

~Huang Po~

The world is a screen that mirrors your thoughts

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Self inquiry and Direct experience.


Like molding dough

Like molding dough in your hand, you can definitely turn your mind whichever way you want.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

from the book “The Door to Satisfaction: The Heart Advice of a Tibetan Buddhist Master”

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Returning to that place where you started with

In terms of the nature of mind, the true nature of mind, I don’t know what I could say about that. It’s just there. Usually, we think of the true nature of mind as something really high, and although I haven’t done a lot of practice in relation to the true nature of mind, if I speak from my own experience of this, I could say that eventually we will return to what we were bored with in the beginning and discover that was it.

So we start off by thinking that what we have right now is too simple, too ordinary. The true nature of mind must be something special, something high, something prettier than what we have now. And what we have now doesn’t really satisfy our desires, it’s not very attractive to us, but if you put some serious effort into your practice, then eventually I think that recognizing the true nature of mind means returning to that place where you started with — your boring unattractive, not new, not high, mental state — and actually recognize that it has been what you’re looking for.

– 17th Karmapa

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Path of enlightenment

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When you realize that all that appears and exists to be your mind, there is no path of enlightenment apart from that.

– Padmasambhava

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Becoming the slave of illusions and distractions

Our mind is the basis of everything, and from our mind everything arises, Samsara and nirvana, ordinary sentient beings and enlightened ones. Consider the way beings transmigrate in the impure vision of samsara: even though the essence of the mind, the true nature of our mind, is totally pure right from the beginning, nevertheless, because pure mind is temporarily obscured by the impurity of ignorance, there is no self-recognition of our own state. Through this lack of self-recognition arise illusory thoughts and actions created by the passions. Thus various negative karmic causes are accumulated and since their maturation as effects is inevitable, one suffers bitterly, transmigrating in the six states of existence. Thus, not recognizing one’s own state is the cause of transmigration, and through this cause one becomes the slave of illusions and distractions.

– Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

from the book “The Mirror: Advice on the Presence of Awareness”
ISBN: 978-1886449107 – https://amzn.to/2Qmi3iq

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Existing as an idea

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Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition


Clear Mind

Our understanding of Buddhism should not be just gathering many pieces of information, seeking to gain knowledge. Instead of gathering knowledge, you should clear your mind. If your mind is clear, true knowledge is already yours. When you listen to our teaching with a pure, clear mind, you accept it as if you were hearing something which you already knew.

– Shunryu Suzuki

from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”

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That is why we practice zazen

Shikantaza is to practice or actualize emptiness. Although you can have a tentative understanding of it through your thinking, you should understand emptiness through your experience. You have an idea of emptiness and an idea of being, and you think that being and emptiness are opposites. But in Buddhism both of these are ideas of being. The emptiness we mean is not like the idea you may have. You cannot reach a full understanding of emptiness with your thinking mind or with your feeling. That is why we practice zazen.

– Shunryu Suzuki

from the book “Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen”

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Our cocoons

Viewing our experience in this world as a dream, Siddhartha found that our habit of fixating on the mere appearance of our dreamlike relative world, thinking that it is truly existing, throws us into an endless cycle of pain and anxiety. We are in a deep sleep, hibernating like a silkworm in a cocoon. We have woven a reality based on our projections, imagination, hopes, fears, and delusions. Our cocoons have become very solid and sophisticated. Our imaginings are so real to us that we are trapped in the cocoon. But we can free ourselves simply by realizing that this is all our imagination.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “What Makes You Not a Buddhist”


All-encompassing nature of mind

Consider the fact that no matter how many planets and stars are reflected in a lake, these reflections are encompassed within the water itself; that no matter how many universes there are, they are encompassed within a single space; and that no matter how vast and how numerous the sensory appearances of samsara and nirvana may be, they are encompassed within the single nature of mind.

– Dudjom Lingpa

from the book “Buddhahood Without Meditation: A Visionary Account Known As Refining Apparent Phenomen”
ISBN: 978-1881847335 – https://amzn.to/2AN9Jk5

translated by Richard Barron

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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo – The Nature of Mind (6 min)


Incredible, limitless mind

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Our problem is that inside us there’s a mind going, “Impossible, impossible, impossible. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.” We have to banish that mind from this solar system. Anything is possible; everything is possible. Sometimes you feel that your dreams are impossible, but they’re not. Human beings have great potential; they can do anything. The power of the mind is incredible, limitless.

– Lama Yeshe

from the book “When the Chocolate Runs Out”
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On calming the mind

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Zen. Mindfulness, Love and Compassion.


Becoming the slave of illusions and distractions

Our mind is the basis of everything, and from our mind everything arises, Samsara and nirvana, ordinary sentient beings and enlightened ones. Consider the way beings transmigrate in the impure vision of samsara: even though the essence of the mind, the true nature of our mind, is totally pure right from the beginning, nevertheless, because pure mind is temporarily obscured by the impurity of ignorance, there is no self-recognition of our own state. Through this lack of self-recognition arise illusory thoughts and actions created by the passions. Thus various negative karmic causes are accumulated and since their maturation as effects is inevitable, one suffers bitterly, transmigrating in the six states of existence. Thus, not recognizing one’s own state is the cause of transmigration, and through this cause one becomes the slave of illusions and distractions.

– Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

from the book “The Mirror: Advice on the Presence of Awareness”
ISBN: 978-1886449107 – https://amzn.to/2Qmi3iq

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Bankei’s enlighted kill

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A samurai, who was also a fencing master had an audience with Master Bankei.

“After years of training, “began the samurai, “I have reached the stage where my hands respond perfectly according to my mind. Now I am at a level of skill where I can defeat opponents without even picking up my sword. My gaze pierces them to their bones and disrupts them completely. It is the same penetrating look you yourself use to assess the depth of a person’s enlightenment.”

You say you have perfected your skill in your art,” Bankei said.
“Now, try to strike me!”
The samurai hesitated for an instant.

“My blow has already fallen,” said Bankei.

The man’s jaw sagged. “I’m astonished,” he sighed. “Your stroke is swifter than the spark off a flint. My head rolls at my feet. Please, master, teach me the essentials of Zen.”

– Zen master Bankei (1622-1693)


Returning to the place you started from

In terms of the nature of mind, the true nature of mind, I don’t know what I could say about that. It’s just there. Usually we think of the true nature of mind as something really high, and although I haven’t done a lot of practice in relation to the true nature of mind, if I speak from my own experience of this, I could say that eventually we will return to what we were bored with in the beginning and discover that was it.

So we start off by thinking that what we have right now is too simple, too ordinary. The true nature of mind must be something special, something high, something prettier than what we have now. And what we have now doesn’t really satisfy our desires, it’s not very attractive to us, but if you put some serious effort into your practice, then eventually I think that recognizing the true nature of mind means returning to that place where you started with — your boring unattractive, not new, not high, mental state — and actually recognize that it has been what you’re looking for.

– 17th Karmapa

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Simply the mind itself

When looking into the nature of mind, don’t expect to gain some exceptionally high or profound realization, or to see anything new. Nor should you hesitate or doubt your ability to meditate. Just trust that the nature of mind is simply the mind itself left in an unaltered state, and do all that you can to sustain this, without distraction, at all times, during and between the meditation sessions. Don’t expect to gain realization in just a few months, or even years. Whether you develop any of the qualities that come from the practice or not, remain steadfastly determined and resolve to continue the practice with diligence, day and night, throughout this life, future lives and the bardo state.

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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One mind

“Buddhas and all sentient beings are the One Mind and nothing else. This Mind is no mind of conceptual thought and it is completely detached from form. So buddhas and sentient beings do not differ at all. The ever existing Buddha is formless. It is only necessary to awake to the One Mind, and there is nothing whatsoever to attain. This is the real Buddha.”

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~The Zen Teaching of Huang Po~

The Master said to me: All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible..

It is that which you see before you — begin to reason about it and you fall into error. It is like a boundless void which can’t be fathomed or measured.

The One Mind alone is the Buddha and there is no distinction between buddhas and mortal beings. But that mortal minds, by identifying with form, seek externally for Buddhahood. By their very seeking, they lose it, for that is using the Buddha to seek the Buddha. For that is using mind to find Mind.

They do not know that, if they were to cease conceptual thought processes, the Buddha is realized, for this mind is the Buddha and the Buddha is all sentient beings. It is not the less for being manifested in ordinary entities, not is it greater for being manifested in the buddhas.

The mind is the Buddha, nor are there any other buddhas or any other mind. It is bright and pure as the void, having no form or appearance whatsoever. To make use of your mind to think conceptually is to lose Buddhahood and find the confusion of mortal life by identifying with form.

Buddhas and all sentient beings are the One Mind and nothing else. This Mind is no mind of conceptual thought and it is completely detached from form. So buddhas and sentient beings do not differ at all.

The ever existing Buddha is formless. It is only necessary to awake to the One Mind, and there is nothing whatsoever to attain. This is the real Buddha.

If students can only rid themselves of conceptual thought, all will become clear. But if students do not rid themselves of conceptual thought, even though you strive eon after eon, confusion will always be present.

Our original Buddha-nature is, in highest truth, devoid of any atom of objective identification with form. It is void, omnipresent, silent, pure; it is a glorious and mysterious peaceful joy – and that is all. Enter deeply into it..

That which is before you is it, in all its fullness, utterly complete. There is nothing else besides. Even if you go through all the stages of a bodhisattva’s progress towards Buddhahood, one by one; when at last, in a single flash, you attain to full realization, you will be realizing the Buddha-nature which has been with you all the time, and by all the foregoing stages you have added to it nothing at all.

You will see that all those eons of work and achievement are no better than unreal actions performed in a dream.

This pure Mind, the source of everything, shines forever and on all with the brilliance of its own perfection. But the people of the world do not awake to it, regarding only that which sees, hears, feels, and knows, as mind. Blinded by their own sight, hearing, feeling and knowing, they do not perceive the brilliance of the source-substance.

If they would only eliminate all conceptual thought in a flash, that source-substance would manifest itself like the sun ascending through the void and illuminating the whole universe without hindrance or bounds..

Only realize that, though real Mind is expressed in these perceptions, it neither forms part of them nor is separate from them. You should not start reasoning from these perceptions, nor allow them to give rise to conceptual thought; yet nor should you seek the One Mind apart from them or abandon them in your pursuit of the Dharma.

Do not keep them nor abandon them nor dwell in them nor cleave to them. Above, below and around you, all is spontaneously existing, for there is nowhere which is outside the Buddha Mind.”

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The total number of minds in the universe is one

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Do not be bothered by anything 

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When you are practicing Zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer.


– Shunryu Suzuki

from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”