As there is no fixed
"you", "you" become what "you" are fixated on. -
Legend has it that the enlightening
dialogue below occured when the First Patriarch of Chinese Zen (Chan)
met who was to later become the Second Patriarch. Huike requested
thus of Bodhidharma, "My mind is anxious - please pacify it!", who replied,
"Bring me your mind, and I will pacify it." Huike answers,
"I have searched, but I cannot find it." Bodhidharma then delivers the Zen
punchline - "I have pacified your mind!"
It is the senseless holding on, the attachment to
our troubles in mind, that is truly troubling, not the troubles in themselves.
If there is something troubling, we should simply do what we
can to resolve it. If it cannot be resolved, there's
no need to be troubled by it. That doesn't mean Huike was foolish though,
as he did try to resolve his troubles - by seeking and following advice on
how to do so. How did his troubles get resolved?
seeker of his fleeting mindstates turns mindful to look for the troubled
mind, that mindfulness realises that all mindstates are unsubstantial and cannot
be clung on to. This light of mindfulness dissipates the
darkness of our troubles in mind - which are only
as substantial as we suppose them to be. Though Huike's encounter with
Bodhidharma happened around 2,000 years ago, this Zen exchange still offers
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