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Contemplation of the Mind

Contemplation of the Mind

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Suffering...? It’s no problem!
We have to know suffering in the smallest detail!

We can’t learn the Dhamma in luxury
because in luxury and comfort
we don’t get a chance to go against
the defilements and develop pæramø.

We must depend on patience, restraint,
renunciation and frugality.
When you feel distressed it’s not
that the mind is distressed,
defilements are distressed.

Lobha is not me or mine. Lustful mind is not me or mine.
Anger is not me or mine.
You don’t ask ‘good attitude or bad attitude’. Just feel, does it
feel good, comfortable or uncomfortable and painful; that’s how
you know.

The mind is one object of awareness; the breath is another and
mind object is another. They are all present in the field of awareness.
In meditation you don’t get into a fight and you don’t run

away from it.

94 the nibbæna aspirer’s guide to the mind!

You watch. You don’t blame yourself about what’s happening.
Just watch what’s happening.
The problem is short and little but we make it very long and
carry it around and exaggerate it.

You must not look at images and concepts
because the more you look at them,
the more they grow and expand.

The moment you stop looking at reality
the mind turns to concept.
The more you stay with paramattha the easier it gets.

Look at the increasing and decreasing intensity of things, and
don’t try to stop their impact, their force. If there is niceness look
at that niceness, don’t just have a good time.
You shouldn’t try to create any particular feeling. Just know
what feeling feels like as it disintegrates and vanishes.
The past and the future, they are a trap! No matter how
attractive they look. When you go to sleep observe your mind but
don’t drift into past and future.
When we practise we give our selves a direction and from
there we observe what’s happening on the way.
And that experience gives rise to wisdom and knowledge
about ourselves also.

To be able to go through the hard times
makes one more skillful and courageous.

cittænupassanæ 95

Don’t think how tiring, boring, difficult, frustrating, competi-
tive things can be (how hard to be mindful is). Because you will
exhaust yourself and hinder yourself.
Think instead how meaningful it is. Think about the benefits
that come with the practice.
The negative thoughts are hindering, they are Mæra, defile-
ments trying to stop you from trying.
Any kind of thought that makes your mind uncomfortable,
unhappy, tired, disheartened is definitely a defilement.
So always challenge your ideas.

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