Q. Sometimes it is said that mind is the Buddha, but sometimes it is said that no-mind is the Buddha. Which is right?

A. ‘Mind is the Buddha’ is one of the most common expressions that represent Buddhism. When we say that mind is the Buddha, mind doesn’t mean the one mentioned in psychology but Emptiness that is the state free from discrimination. However, we usually have an abstract image of mind and are attached to it. That is, we are deluded by the illusion of mind.

To prevent us from clinging to the illusion of mind, masters would say that we should discard mind and become no-minded. This is why ‘no-mind’ is said to be the Buddha. In fact, the mind we refer to in Buddhism is a formless state without name, which is referred to as the Buddha, or the true-Self. So, both expressions are right.

Student: “What is mind?”

Master: “No-mind.”

©Boo Ahm

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