Meditation, Mind, Truth, Zen

Q89. How should we see things in order to remove our discriminating mind in everyday life?

A. Supposing you see a vase and think it is very nice. Let’s take the phrase ‘the nice vase’ into account to see whether it is true or not.
Firstly, why is the object a vase? Is it the truth? The truth can’t be denied by anyone at any time. However, as you know, it can be anything else other than a vase according to when, where, how and by whom it is seen. It can be even a weapon in some situations. It is a vase not because the fact that it is a vase is an unchangeable and undeniable truth but because you labelled it as ‘vase’.

Now let’s consider, why is it nice? It might not be nice to others at all however nice you may think it is. It means it is nice not because its being nice is the truth but because you put a label ‘nice’ on it, which was created by your imagination.

In fact, it is not a vase, nor is it very nice unless you label it as a ‘nice vase’.
A nice vase is an illusion produced by your imagination.


When you see or hear something good or bad, you should realise that ‘good or bad’ is not produced by the thing itself but by your discriminating mind.
©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway.

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