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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 3 Vol 1

Forest Monks

The third Podcast on how to apply the practice Vipassana Kammatthana Mindfulness, or better said ‘Vipassana Bhavana’. 

This podcast approaches the end of the introductory talks before getting down to the specific methods, and deals mainly with the problem of why we do not see the three marks of existence with ease, and what obscures our vision, to make it so hard to see?

To understand the concepts of practice in Vipassana, it is extremely important to study it and understood the following concepts which are also links, which you can click on the links to read about each concept, if you don’t know them already;

Tilakkhana – 3 Marks of Existence – Anicca (Impermanence)Dukkha (Unsatisfactoriness), and Anatta (Not-Self) 

Khandas (Skandhas –  The five aggregates ) – I also recommend to read the study guide on access to insight.

4 Noble Truths

4 Sathipatanas

Noble Eightfold Path

You can hear the previous episode on this blog by clicking here: Vipassana Part 2 Vol. 1

You can hear all of my previous podcasts on youtube in my Vipassana playlist