Zen

Q. Masters say we should see the mind before a thought arises. How can we see it?

A. It is very easy. The mind that is anxious to see the mind before a thought arises is the very mind you are looking for. The mind before a thought arises is not different from the mind having a thought at this moment. Seeing the latter is seeing the former because both are oneness, non-duality as emptiness. As mentioned previously, everything is from the same root, whether it be a thought or a thing, and whether a living thing or a non-living thing. If you come to realise the root of only a single thing, that is the root of all things and the mind before thought that you want to see. Whenever a thought arises, trace it back to its root.

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Student: “Sir, what is the mind before thought?”

Master: “It is the mind that is asking me this question now.”

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

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