Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Can your Mind see itself?

The Parinirvana Sutra says:

"It cannot be seen, yet it is clear for all to see."

Mind seeing mind is Avijja itself!

Why? Because seeing IS the mind. Without the mind you cannot see. The former is the function, the latter is the body. In reality they are one - they are YOU. If in delusion you use another mind to see your original mind, then both minds are false. The same could be said for hearing, smelling & other sense functions.

In the same way the functions can turn back to the body but the body cannot turn back on itself; you can turn seeing, hearing etc back to the mind but you cannot turn the mind back to itself. If you can turn any of the 6 sense functions back to the mind completely, you will attain enlightenment right at that very moment.

*This is the Samatha path, 1 of the 3 methods of meditation taught in the 圆觉经 or Sutra of Complete Enlightenment, so remember it well!

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