22 February 2011

Contemplation: Your Mind Before Thinking

Review the guidelines for practice, and take this as your object of contemplation:

The Mahaparinirvana-sutra says, "All formations are impermanent; this is the law of appearing and disappearing. When appearing and disappearing disappear, then this stillness is bliss." This means that when there is no appearance or disappearance in your mind, that mind is complete stillness and bliss. It is a mind utterly devoid of thinking. This is your mind before thinking arises.

Seung Sahn sunim, The Compass of Zen, p. 231.

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