Understanding Our Mind: 50 Verses on Buddhist Psychology by Thich Nhat Hanh

By Thich Nhat Hanh

This profound examine Buddhist psychology deals very important insights into how Buddhism's historic teachings observe to the trendy global. Basing his paintings at the writings of the good fifth-century Buddhist grasp Vasubandhu and the lessons of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh makes a speciality of the direct event of spotting the genuine nature of realization. featuring the elemental teachings of Buddhist utilized psychology, he exhibits how the brain is sort of a box, the place all types of seed is planted — seeds of pain, anger, happiness, and peace. the standard of lifestyles, he writes, relies on the standard of the seeds. through studying the right way to water seeds of pleasure and rework seeds of pain, figuring out, love, and compassion can flower.

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We should investigate them like this, in detail. Are fences and walls caused to appear through a process of production,27 or is production caused to appear on the basis of fences and walls? Are they products or are they beyond production? Should we see them as sentient or as insentient? Are they appearing before us now, or are they beyond appearance in the present? In the state like this of mental effort, and of learning in practice, whether it is in the heavens above or in the human world, and whether it appears in this land or in other worlds, the mind of eternal buddhas is fences, walls, tiles, and pebbles.

65 Tenshōkōtōroku, chap. 24. 27 Shōbōgenzō Volume III 66 “Flowers in space” and “flowers of emptiness” are originally the same word, kūge. “Flowers of emptiness” suggests the interpretation of śūnyatā that Master Dōgen has opposed in this chapter—the interpretation that phenomena are devoid of reality. 67 O-kū, “in emptiness,” suggests intellectual effort to relate phenomena to the concept śūnyatā. ” See note 26. ” 69 Jūchi, “from the ground,” “on the ground,” “relying on the ground,” or “on the basis of the ground,” is Master Sekimon’s expression.

We should step ahead and take the broad view. ” We should not engage in idle discussion of existence and nonexistence, confusing the before and after of flower-time. Flowers always seem to be imbued with all colors. [But] colors are not always limited to flowers: other seasons also have blues, yellows, reds, whites, and other colors. Spring brings in flowers, and flowers bring in spring. 37 The poem he makes on realizing the truth is as follows: Brightness is serenely illuminating the whole sands-of-the-Ganges world.

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