Q. Why do I still have a lot of pointless thoughts in my life even though I meditate regularly?

A. To meditate should not be to try to remove rambling thoughts, illusions but be to try to see them as they are. The harder you try to get rid of them the more you will be troubled by them because trying to remove them is adding yet another thought. They appear to be illusions and trouble you because you can’t see them as they are. Try to see them as they are by tracing them back to the root. When you can see them as they are, you will enjoy happiness you’ve never experienced before. Let me introduce an ancient Zen poem.

Don’t avoid illusions. They are the Buddha you are looking for.

Don’t follow the Buddha. It is the illusion that you are trying to avoid.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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