Nature of Mind, Described by Various Teachers
I came across this description of a state of mind, as described by Ch'an maste Hsu Yun:
"This singleness of mind will be thoroughly still and shining, in its imperturbable absoluteness, spiritual clearness and thorough understanding, like the continuous smoke of a solitary fire." (http://buddhismnow.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/hua-tou/
It reminded me of Sogyal Rinpoche's words:
"The nature of mind: Imagine a sky, empty, spacious, and pure from the beginning; its essence
is like this. Imagine a sun, luminous, clear, unobstructed, and spontaneously present; its nature
is like this. Imagine that sun shining out impartially on us and all things, penetrating all directions; its energy
, which is the manifestation of compassion, is like this. Nothing can obstruct it, and it pervades everywhere." (http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Nature_of_mind
The similar descriptive elements--shining, luminous, clear, imperturbable, unobstructed--lead me to think it might be interesting to read through descriptions of the nature of mind, as presented by various teachers and schools.
I'm thinking mostly of the ultimate, fundamental nature of mind, but it would be interesting to look at descriptions of other states, too.