RE: [Meditation Society of America] The Real Mind
Thank you! Please let us have more from the Venerable Ajahn Chah.
"About this mind... In truth there is nothing really
wrong with it. It is intrinsically pure. Within itself
it's already peaceful. That the mind is not peaceful
these days is because it follows moods. The real mind
doesn't have anything to it, it is simply (an aspect of)
Nature. It becomes peaceful or agitated because moods
deceive it. The untrained mind is stupid. Sense impressions
come and trick it into happiness, suffering, gladness
and sorrow, but the mind's true nature is none of those
things. That gladness or sadness is not the mind, but only
a mood coming to deceive us. The untrained mind gets
lost and follows these things, it forgets itself.
Then we think that it is we who are upset or at ease
But really this mind of ours is already unmoving
and peaceful... really peaceful! Just like a leaf
which is still as long as no wind blows. If a wind
comes up the leaf flutters. The fluttering is due to
the wind -- the 'fluttering' is due to those sense
impressions; the mind follows them. If it doesn't
follow them, it doesn't 'flutter.' If we know fully
the true nature of sense impressions we will be unmoved.
Our practice is simply to see the Original Mind.
So we must train the mind to know those sense impressions,
and not get lost in them. To make it peaceful. Just
this is the aim of all this difficult practice we put
Venerable Ajahn Chah (Pra Bhodinyana Thera)
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