By Shamar Rinpoche
Boundless Awakening is a pocket-sized publication on meditation. The publication is great for individuals attracted to meditation, either newbies and complicated. a chief gain skilled by way of the practitioner of meditation is the rapid development within the stipulations of lifestyle. The perform of meditation results in a brain that's extra peaceable, extra tranquil and extra comfortable. as the brain is extra secure, occasions that sometimes disturb us appear to tackle much less value, and we cease taking them in one of these severe manner. Likewise, via meditation the brain progressively learns to be autonomous of exterior stipulations and conditions. This brain that's unaffected by means of outer stipulations is then in a position to observe its personal balance and quietness. A good brain, person who isn't really disturbed, results in the event of much less soreness in our lives.
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Once training in mindful calm abiding has tam ed and pacified the cascade of thoughts, inner images, and emotions, m ind’s aware ness that is aware of itself can emerge on its own accord. In this sense, m om ents of clarity arise naturally. Yet, similarly as presented in the context of the experiences of joy, a practitioner might distort genuine m om ents of clarity as well, trying to create them artificially. This distor tion happens when you are attached to short m om ents of clarity and from then onward yearn to repeat such m om ents in your mind.
Experiences of emptiness genuine or artificial? W hat holds true for joy and clarity also applies to experiences of emptiness, which is just another term for the true nature of mind. As m entioned above, in its unaware m ode our m ind is not aware of itself, not to m e n tion m ind’s awareness of its actual nature. It is for this reason that everything that surfaces within the m ind - thoughts, inner images, and em otions - is taken to be as real and last ing as the seemingly outer world of experi ences that we are interacting with constantly.
Thus, based on understanding the nature of objects of perception we develop an u nd er standing of the more subtle processes of m ind which can furtherm ore be looked at from two perspectives. First, a practitioner should becom e aware of the fact that thoughts and em otions arise and subside in the mind, one following an other, in a constant flow of m om ents with 25 - Boundless A w akening - each one distinct from the last. For example: try to count the num ber of thoughts that oc cur in sixty seconds and observe how m any thoughts, impulses, m om ents of perception arise and subside during this period of time.