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Our Mind is Not Our Friend

Most of us think of our minds, as our self. We associate ourselves with our thoughts. When we speak about wrong view, what is meant, at least in Buddhism, is the belief in an unchanging inherent self, that travels through all the experiences in life, and perpetuates itself throughout the process.

I would like to share a short video about Buddhist meditation with you, which has been produced in three languages, namely; Thai language, English language, and German language. The name of the video is “our mind is not our friend”. I think it gives an excellent explanation and introduction into understanding how our minds are just a shadow play, a puppet theater, The stage upon which events are witnessed.

 

The witness is not the events. The witness is a silent observer. If the witness and his consciousness is entangled in the events, and those events are seen as the self, then suffering arises. When I say suffering, by that, I mean, stress.

Optical illusion created by the senses

When I say stress, by that, I mean, excitement, agitation, activity, absence of stillness.

If you watch the video and contemplate the Dhamma within it, you will see how we are trapped in a maze of conundrums of mental formations and perceptions, based in wrong views.  Meditation and mindfulness is the key, to develop the awakened mind which can rise above and escape this maze of endless suffering known ass  Samsaric Illusory Existence. In this realm of illusion, we are lost in dream of thinking. When we awaken, we shall leave this realm of dream thinking. For those who have not found the way, this is the way.

Our Mind, Is Not Our Friend. 

How to Practice Vipassana Pt 2 Volume 1

Second podcast in a continuing series, which attempts to reveal insights into the true methods of applied practice in Vipassanā Kammatthāna Mindfulness, and the attainment of the four paths and four fruits, which represent the attainments of the four kinds of Noble Enlightened Beings, who are Eight. Four Paths, Four Fruits.

Impermanence of Mind

Part two of the series takes us further along the path and continues the introduction which leads to understanding the basic principles of applied Vipassanā Practice. The talk sums up various aspects of the Practice, by looking at ten noticeable benefits which can be gained through Vipassanā.

Ten Benefits of Vipassana Practice

Vipassanā is a personal inner journey of introspection and insight development, whose experiences differ from person to person. It is Hence a very difficult thing to share one’s experiences, or to inquire about them with another person.

Emptiness 

Each person tends to experience Vipassanā  in their own individual manner. This makes it very difficult to explain your experience to your teacher. Luckily there are some basic elements which are present in all of the experiences which can occur in Vipassanā, and a good teacher will be able to recognize those elements in order to identify the nature of the experience is student is having.  It is very important to receive guidance along the path because there are many pitfalls which can lead the practitioner astray before he reaches their goal. There are also many detours which are not essentially pitfalls, but which are just going to make the practitioner spend more time in arriving at his destination.

Enlightenment

This series of talks hopes to continue and attempt to cover all of the major pitfalls and detours, which the practitioner may encounter along the way.

In case you didn’t catch the first episode you can listen to it in the below podcast

Nibbana

Consciousness of a thing is not the thing itself

Consciousness of feelings, like sadness, or happiness, is not the happiness itself. Consciousness, is not the thought itself, not the word, nor the abstract thought or daydream it’s-‘self’ (itself). It does not have a self, within which it can think up, perceive, or think it perceives. Consciousness of events and of emotions are not the Emotions themselves.

Consciousness is not the sadness itself. Consciousness of Intentions, Inclinations, Desires, Thoughts, Opinions, and Incoming Communications.

Consciousness immaterial and inseparable from everything else. Consciousness is not self.
Consciousness immaterial and inseparable from everything else. Consciousness is not self.

 

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