the science of mind

21 06 2015



when we think of calming down the mind and we become aware of what’s going on in the mind, we say ‘waow, there’s so many thoughts’.

it’s not that there are more thoughts than ever, you start to become aware of what’s going on in your mind from morning till evening. we are full of thoughts.

because the mind is like a spoiled brat, constantly moving here and there, reminiscing the past, imagining the future, and never in the present moment.

so try to focus your mind.

we say it’s like the butterfly. the butterfly stays on the flower, so he sorts of goes away for no reason then comes back. so, it’s ok, you will be distracted, but you should bring back your mind.

and so meditation will help you to become the master of your mind.
and master of the mind is not the absence of freedom. often people think ‘i am going to control my mind, sort of reducing my freedom.’

take the example of the sailor at sea. what is freedom? to let the boat wherever the currents and the wind blow? that’s not freedom, that’s drifting.

freedom is to take the helm and navigate where you have chosen to go.

so if you are in charge of your own mind, that’s freedom.

matthieu ricard
in
“The Buddhist Science of the Mind”

 

 

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22 06 2015
Roger Mills

I live in a region that is currently struggling to grapple with the displacement of large numbers of Sri Lankan Muslims, and Burmese Rohingya people due to extreme violence and persecution by the respective Buddhist populations. We watched this unfold on our television screens last year as mobs of Buddhists went on the rampage Aluthgama, attacking local muslims and burning their villages. Do you have any thoughts on why Buddhists are capable of such extreme violence and hatred on such a massive scale ?

22 06 2015
hervé perez

history shows us that extreme violence happens when people are pushed into extreme conditions, regardless of their culture.
what you describe, both extreme behaviour and indeed violence, are completely against the buddhist teachings which are based on compassion.
these events of course are deplorable, but i cannot comment as i do not know much detail about the situation.
what is problematic is confusing extremism with whole cultural groups. it validates division and creates further problems. rather than who, the question for me would be why was there such division/tension? and how can it be resolved?

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