Subject: Re: Gar Quotes Message

From: Jeffery Guy <jeffery@dautya.com>

Date: September 23, 2011 12:38:24 PM EDT

To: Gar Quotes <garquotes@gmail.com>

It is true that thoughts can slow but this refers more to non attachment and aversions to thoughts rather than no thoughts.

Also, thought and consciousness become indistinguishable when the true nature of mind becomes apparent.

What becomes more important than few thoughts is that one comes to know whether a thought is true wisdom or delusion even to the point of eating food and how much is food is taken.

One acts with the right action at the right time. At this point one acts with the perfection of discriminating wisdom (permitting a certain amount of thought while accepting and rejecting) to determine the right action at the right time.

On Sep 23, 2011, at 12:44 AM, Gar Quotes wrote:

Guidance for daily practice:

In the morning your should reflect on the difficulty to obtain a precious human birth; in the evening you should reflect on death and impermanence, and throughout the day you should reflect on karma, cause and effect, and act according to the 37 Bodhisattva Practices. 

Meditate in shorter but more frequent sessions to ensure the good quality of your meditation. It is best to just observe the nature of mind, the ordinary bare mind, and preserve it. When thoughts appear neither reject nor accept them. Do not try to stop thoughts, allow them to arise, but recognize their arising and do not pursue them. The goal is not to have no thoughts but for thoughts to arise and yet be rendered powerless. You must habituate this. Then later when negative thoughts and emotions arise you will not fall under their power. The energy of these thoughts may arise but will not affect you in one or the other way. Sometimes in meditation, there will be a time when there are actually no thoughts

. In that instant you will know that this is the true nature of your mind - the mind that abides like space, vivid and empty, open, not grasping at anything. This alert awareness must be upheld throughout all activities. 

So do not try to stop thoughts, just relax into the nature of awareness. Whenever you meditate, our minds will be together. If you understand this you will not feel tired of meditation.