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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. 

Why the 3 characteristics are difficult to see

The three characteristics, are the three marks of existence, or as known in Pali, ‘Tilakkhana’. A basic introduction to why it is difficult for unenlightened beings to pierce through the veils of illusion which are influenced by the three characteristics, and see those three characteristics in motion. There are various obstacles which prevent he who does not contemplate deeply, from seeing the three characteristics.

 You can continue to listen to the final part in the following podcast from YouTube