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Buddha on Focusing on the Mind

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    And how does a monk remain focused on the mind in & of itself? There is the case where a monk, when the mind has passion, discerns that the mind has passion.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 10, 2011
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      "And how does a monk remain focused on the
      mind in & of itself? There is the case where
      a monk, when the mind has passion, discerns
      that the mind has passion. When the mind is
      without passion, he discerns that the mind
      is without passion. When the mind has aversion,
      he discerns that the mind has aversion. When
      the mind is without aversion, he discerns that
      the mind is without aversion. When the mind
      has delusion, he discerns that the mind has
      delusion. When the mind is without delusion,
      he discerns that the mind is without delusion.

      "When the mind is constricted, he discerns
      that the mind is constricted. When the mind
      is scattered, he discerns that the mind is
      scattered. When the mind is enlarged, he
      discerns that the mind is enlarged. When the
      mind is not enlarged, he discerns that the mind
      is not enlarged. When the mind is surpassed,
      he discerns that the mind is surpassed. When the
      mind is unsurpassed, he discerns that the mind
      is unsurpassed. When the mind is concentrated,
      he discerns that the mind is concentrated. When
      the mind is not concentrated, he discerns that
      the mind is not concentrated. When the mind is
      released, he discerns that the mind is released.
      When the mind is not released, he discerns that
      the mind is not released.

      "In this way he remains focused internally on
      the mind in & of itself, or externally on the
      mind in & of itself, or both internally &
      externally on the mind in & of itself. Or he
      remains focused on the phenomenon of origination
      with regard to the mind, on the phenomenon of
      passing away with regard to the mind, or on
      the phenomenon of origination & passing away
      with regard to the mind. Or his mindfulness that
      'There is a mind' is maintained to the extent
      of knowledge & remembrance. And he remains
      independent, unsustained by (not clinging to)
      anything in the world. This is how a monk remains
      focused on the mind in & of itself.
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