When we stop feeding our cravings, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we discover that we already have everything we need to be happy.
Abhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation.
While scientific methods are useful, says the Dalai Lama, mind should also be studied through rigorous observation of our own subjective experience.
New theories suggest Buddhist teachings on consciousness may be correct, and the implications for science could be huge.
The teachers are asked “What happens to our right effort if we lose the ability to practice or to work with our mind?”
The Dalai Lama argues that a full study of the mind must include the first person empiricism of the contemplative traditions.
“When the heart is released from clinging,” said the Buddha, “then consciousness does not land anywhere. That state, I tell you, is without sorrow, afflication or despair.” Ajahn Amaro on abiding in the consciousness that is completely beyond conditioned phenomena—neither supporting them nor supported by them.