When you study your thought process, says Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, you not only see how it rules your life. In the breaks and gaps between thoughts, you can experience awakened mind on the spot.
Three Buddhist teachers answer the question “Are we supposed to stop or transcend thinking altogether, or to find another, more enlightened way to think?”
The way to really rest our busy minds in meditation is to let go of all thoughts about our thoughts. The more we do this, the more we discover our “enlightened potential.”
Three teachers answer the question: “How can I know whether or not I should believe the thought I wish I weren’t married to my spouse?”
Good luck with that. What you can do, says Jules Shuzen Harris, is change your relationship with your thoughts.
Working with thoughts is a central practice in Buddhism. But what does that mean exactly? Are we truing to stop thoughts or not? A Chan Buddhist view.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is the seminal work by San Francisco Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. In this chapter alone he explains: how to practice zazen, the difference between small and big mind, and the true nature of thoughts.
Much like fishing, Meditation revolves around catch and release; catching your thoughts, acknowledging them, and letting them go.
Discursive thinking can be slowed down to give the mind a rest. Toni Bernhard gives five suggestions for practicing “Not-Thinking.”
Excerpts of Buddhadharma’s favorite writings and teachings from Winter 2012, featuring Thich Nhat Hanh, Ven. David Xi-Ken Astor, and more.