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The Mind Is Like......................................

ShoshinShoshin No one in particularNowhere Special Veteran

The Mind is like.......... a time machine (at times a somewhat faulty one) it can take one back to relive past events and forward to explore possibilities that may lie in the future .... and all from the comfort ( or discomfort) of one's own body :)

The Mind is like.....................................................( keep it short and sweet :) )

Hozanperson

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  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    He's right, @Shoshin.. Mind is like nothing. Else.
    What you're expressing is what goes on unguarded, in Mind....

  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    In classical Abhidharma texts, the mind is the viññana rupa, and a bit of a composite of all the others.
    The process of awareness, from perception of stimuli to reaction or response, is pretty complex and involves all rupas, from the most physical to the subtlest.

    Perception, consciousness, feeling and disposition are all involved.

    We grow up discriminating between a me-entity and an other-entity, but the Yogacara school puts forth the challenge of viewing both self and other as simple conceptions occurring within a same process of consciousness.

    What we take to be fixed objects of perception and a fixed self that perceives can be viewed as a simple process of consciousness taking place.

    "Whatever arises in experience is your own mind.
    Mind itself is free of any conceptual limitations.
    Know that and don't generate self-other fixations-
    this is the practice of a bodhisattva"
    ~Tokme Zangpo

    lobsterShoshinHozanseeker242
  • Mind is like consciousness.

    "Now suppose that a magician or magician's apprentice were to display a magic trick at a major intersection, and a man with good eyesight were to see it, observe it, & appropriately examine it. To him — seeing it, observing it, & appropriately examining it — it would appear empty, void, without substance: for what substance would there be in a magic trick? In the same way, a monk sees, observes, & appropriately examines any consciousness that is past, future, or present; internal or external; blatant or subtle; common or sublime; far or near. To him — seeing it, observing it, & appropriately examining it — it would appear empty, void, without substance: for what substance would there be in consciousness?

    lobsterShoshinyagr
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @pegembara said:
    Mind is like consciousness.

    Mind IS Consciousness.

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    Mind is like a view from a train window — ever-changing.

    Shoshin
  • The Mind is like............^..........^......................^.........

    More or less exactly so ... (slight edits)

    @Shoshin said:
    ( keep it short and sweet :) )

    I duz my best ...

    ShoshinHozanBuddhadragon
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    The mind is like ....a 'thought' and apart from thoughts there is no such thing as Mind...Therefore thought is the nature of Mind .. ...
    ~Maharshi~

    BuddhadragonHozan
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Or to put it in modern parlance,

    "The mind is, like, wow...."

    image

    Shoshin
  • GuiGui Veteran

    The mind is like being in the woods during a snowstorm.

    HozanShoshin
  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran

    I like the analogy of the mind to the sky and thoughts to clouds. Clouds move through the mind but never touch it or affect it.

    At the risk of making this long and sour, this view is maybe more of a Mahayana view and may go against the Theravada view of mind, or not, I'm not clear on the Theravada distinction between mind and consciousness. But certainly differs from the above view.

    The mind is like ....a 'thought' and apart from thoughts there is no such thing as Mind...Therefore thought is the nature of Mind .. ...
    ~Maharshi~

    Certainly I can't speak from any direct experience. Is there a mind that remains when thinking or even feeling subside? From the little I've learned about deep states of meditation there is a stage where all experience shuts down, but if one persists this state gives way to a deeper state of open, clear mind.

    My definitions for certain terms.
    Mind - an empty theater stage
    Thoughts, feelings, etc. - the actors and sets
    Consciousness - the play of actors and sets on the stage doing things

    Shoshinlobster
  • JasonJason God Emperor Arrakis Moderator
    edited December 3

    This mind is like... a witch's brew.

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

    federicaShoshinKundolobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    The Mind is like ..........an onion when peeling off layer upon layer finally exposing its empty nature which is still full of itself :) ...It's wonder full ...
    I would go so far as to say it's mind.....

    BuddhadragonHozanperson
  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    I'm a little disappointed that no one has yet mentioned a monkey.

    ShoshinHozan
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran


    HozanFosdick
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    @Fosdick said:
    I'm a little disappointed that no one has yet mentioned a monkey.

    The monkey mind metaphor has been so extensively used and abused, that we were all trying to be a bit more original, I guess...

    Hozan
  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    Quite right - I intended the comment to be humorous - I seem to see monkeys all over the place. =)

    The mind seems like a bit of smoke that can't quite be grasped - we seek it here, we seek it there, we monkeys seek it everywhere.

    What was that Zen story about the monk who asks his master to pacify his mind, and the master responds "show me your mind". The pupil is dumbfounded and can say nothing, and the master says "there, your mind is pacified", or something like that.

    BuddhadragonHozanlobsterShoshin
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    I suppose we are never so aware of the existence of a mind, as when we try to sit down on the meditation cushion and we get bombarded non-stop by all kinds of thoughts.
    Monkey mind hurling back peanuts at us...
    🙊🙉🙈

    Hozan
  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    My mind is like

    😋😋😋

    personlobsterShoshinfederica
  • @Fosdick said:
    The mind seems like a bit of smoke that can't quite be grasped - we seek it here, we seek it there, we monkeys seek it everywhere.

    <3

    Smoke grasping, cloud juggling, mist drifting and mud drowning ...
    As we sit and watch/here the mind mound settle, the lotus grow, the Sun rise,
    What passes as mind?

    Pass.

    The Mind
    is like ...........

    BuddhadragonHozan
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited December 4

    The mind is like......Hmm my mind's gone blank ...and try as I might nothing comes to mind ...zilch empty...Oh well never mind ...it doesn't really matter ... so I will pay it no mind :) :)

    BuddhadragonKundoHozan
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    ....Trying to be what I am seeking....

    Shoshin
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    The mind is like... a good servant, but an awful master...
    🐉💗🌸

    HozanShoshinFosdick
  • HozanHozan Veteran

    Or as the pixies asked...Where is my mind?

    ShoshinBuddhadragon
  • paulysopaulyso usa Veteran

    mind is like make it yourself instant pudding,it changes with you.besides pudding is yummy.the mind dont mind?!

    ShoshinHozan
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    The mind is like ....a dream bubble machine...constantly blowing bubbles and as one pops another arises...

    HozanKundoBuddhadragon
  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran

    The mind is like an amusement park. Full of games of skill and chance, thrilling and scary rides, bumper cars, a haunted house and plenty of poor quality comfort food. All of which leave you feeling happy or sick and worn down by the end of the day, and yet you want to go back again and again.

    ShoshinHozanKundoBuddhadragon
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Excellent description

  • HozanHozan Veteran



    ShoshinlobsterFosdickBuddhadragon
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    The mind is like... a blank cinema screen

    HozanpersonShoshin
  • seeker242seeker242 Zen Florida, USA Veteran

    Mumonkan Case 30

    Daibai asked Baso, What is the Buddha?"
    Baso answered, "The mind is the Buddha."

    Hozan
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @Buddhadragon said:
    The mind is like... a blank cinema screen

    Not much use without a projector (Samsara?)

    KundoShoshin
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I would say WE are the 'projector'...

    person
  • Having a right mind means having everything needed for a successful navigation and travel.

    HozanBuddhadragon
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    @Kerome said:

    @Buddhadragon said:
    The mind is like... a blank cinema screen

    Not much use without a projector (Samsara?)

    There is a projector...

    Hozanlobster
  • @Bunks said:
    Define mind? To me it is just bare awareness. What you're describing above are thoughts.

    ... thoughts are what we pay little mind to ...
    Bear awareness is just another thought ... but bare awareness is Mindfulness or Mind/Buddha Being

    So in a sense we have a samsara mind and an underlying, more settled un-mind, Mind as Nirvana, that thinks without downing and drowning in interior mind chatter.

    Yogi Bare Mind

    HozanBuddhadragonShoshin
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    @lobster said:

    @Bunks said:
    Define mind? To me it is just bare awareness. What you're describing above are thoughts.

    ... thoughts are what we pay little mind to ...
    Bear awareness is just another thought ... but bare awareness is Mindfulness or Mind/Buddha Being

    So in a sense we have a samsara mind and an underlying, more settled un-mind, Mind as Nirvana, that thinks without downing and drowning in interior mind chatter.

    It's a bit what I had in mind when I thought of the blank cinema screen image.
    I remembered Pema Chödrön's phrase "You are the sky: everything else is just the weather."
    The mind is a blank screen.
    All else are just projections.

    lobsterHozanShoshin
  • HozanHozan Veteran

    @Buddhadragon said:

    @lobster said:

    @Bunks said:
    Define mind? To me it is just bare awareness. What you're describing above are thoughts.

    ... thoughts are what we pay little mind to ...
    Bear awareness is just another thought ... but bare awareness is Mindfulness or Mind/Buddha Being

    So in a sense we have a samsara mind and an underlying, more settled un-mind, Mind as Nirvana, that thinks without downing and drowning in interior mind chatter.

    It's a bit what I had in mind when I thought of the blank cinema screen image.
    I remembered Pema Chödrön's phrase "You are the sky: everything else is just the weather."
    The mind is a blank screen.
    All else are just projections.

    Just so @Buddhadragon ! ❤

    Buddhadragon
  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Ehipassiko & Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    "The mind- what shall I call it?
    It is the sound of the breeze
    that blows through the pines
    in the ink wash picture"
    ~Ikkyu

    HozanlobsterShoshin
  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    The mind is a big ball of 100 billion interconnected neurons that need to be re-wired.

    HozanBuddhadragon
  • The mind is like ...

    Science is on it ... very informative leading edge documentary
    https://www.cheninstitute.org/en/minds-wide-open/

    @Fosdick said:
    The mind is a big ball of 100 billion interconnected neurons that need to be re-wired.

    :3

    I'll join.

    In a funny sort of way, Dharma/Buddha Mind is unplugged. When reconnected/rebooted what happens?

    No-Mind? Know Mind? Nothing ...

    BuddhadragonHozanFosdick
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    The mind is like..... an assault course in a mine field...many mind blowing moments...

    KundoHozanBuddhadragon
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @Hozan said:

    Hmm

    KundoHozanBuddhadragon
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