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June 21, 2006

Thoughts on Thinking

Filed under: Mind — by myronhartley @ 9:26 pm

When I think that I’m doing right
I’m really doing wrong
Because the Lama teaches there is no “I”
And no right or wrong.

Sky ThinkerWhen I get a strong idea about my opinion on something, particularly when someone or many some ones have an equally strong opinion that conflicts with mine, it’s good to remember the teachings and remember that “Thinking is self-liberated” – and allow that thought to undo itself, to liberate itself.

Let Go and Relax /or/

Relax and Let Go.

The Lama teaches that if you look directly at the thought, at what ever thought vividly appears in your mind, you won’t see anything at all. Strong thoughts, small thoughts, good thoughts, bad thoughts, not at the content of the though or the justification or rational of the thought but directly at the thought itself—if you look directly at a thought, its not there.

Thoughts dissolve the very instant that they arise—there is not time in between. It is like writing on water, nobody has to come along and erase it and nobody can make it last.

Like waves in the Ocean dissolve in their own place; Like waves in the Ocean dissolve in their own place.

The only reason why we think thoughts last is because we keep regenerating a new thought to copy the old thought that has already disappeared. Why don’t we want to let go of our suffering?

Where did it come from? Where does it go?

Sure we think that it came because of something “out there” or something we thought “in here” but that prior thought already dissolved, disappeared, self-liberated immediately upon its arising and was completely gone before the next thought arose.

Each and every thought in this vivid stream of consciousness is an individual thought that is self-arisen and self-liberated in every moment. When we stop and look for that moment we can’t find that either.

We think and act like it is really there but when we look for it, with the eye of highest wisdom, or even with our mind’s eye, its not there.
[We have two eyes that look out, and a third eye that looks in, that is the eye that is looking for the thought]

The only reason why we think that the thought is there is because we never stop to look and check it out for sure.

When we stop and look that is meditation, when we don’t see it—and we relax and let go, that is meditation.

What we take for our mind are thoughts we can’t really find, which we can’t find where they come from or where they go, that are self-arisen and self-liberated in each and every moment, which, when we look for, we also can’t find even one moment of time and all these unfindable thoughts in unfindable moments are strung together into a stream that we can’t find either. We know what we are thinking but we can’t find any thinker. This not finding, this not seeing is the “highest seeing”, meditation is getting used to that.

Honestly, I was going to write about something completely different but then I remembered Thinking is self-liberated.

I was going to write that the Buddha taught that there was no “I”; and if there was no “I” then we couldn’t label all this stuff as “mine”. Why is this important? Cutting through this is important because the idea of “I” and “mine” is the basis of all our suffering and conflicts.

If someone we don’t know gets ill, dies, suffers a loss, we probably won’t care as much compared to someone we know, or someone we call “friend” or someone we hold very close, very dear. If a watch falls down and breaks we may not care as much compared to if our watch or my watch falls down and breaks.

When we cut through the idea of “I”, “me” and “mine”, we cut free of our suffering. Cutting through these ideas is not an easy job. Cutting through these thoughts of “I” and “mine” may take many years but then I remember Thinking is self-liberated.

I was also going to write about that good and bad depend upon you point of view. If I win and you loose, I think that is good and you think that is bad. If you win and I loose, you think that is good and I think that is bad. Furthermore, any idea or definition of what is good depends upon what is bad, what is bad depends upon what is good, so they are merely dependently arisen mere concepts. Relative to good there is a bad and relative to bad there is a good but these very useful thoughts are relatively true, dualistic concepts. You can’t find any independent self-existing good that is not dependent upon an idea of bad or less good or an independent self-existing bad that is not dependent upon an idea of good. All these thoughts that drive us moment to moment, all these powerful thoughts, I remember…Thinking is self-liberated.

If my winning were Ultimately Good, it would be good for everyone all the time; but it is not. Some may think that my winning may be good for me but bad for them.
Winning might appear relatively good for me at first but later this same winning may turn out very bad. Some people win a lot of money in a Lottery but later after loosing friends and then all that money, it turns out very bad. They may be actually worse off from winning a lot of free money.

So there is not I and there is no right or wrong, good or bad.

When I think that I’m doing right
I’m really doing wrong
Because the Lama teaches there is no “I”
And no right or wrong.

[The first two lines are relative and the last two lines are ultimate.]

For More Information Please Read the Heart Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom

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