Today is a Buddhist Holy Day. Let’s learn about a practiced mind.
August 17, 2016
manasa ce padutthena
bhasati va karoti va
tato nam dukkhamanveti
cakkamva vahato padam.
All mental phenomena have mind as their forerunner; they have mind as their chief; they are mind-made. If one speaks or acts with an evil mind, suffering follows him just as the wheel follows the hoof print of the ox that draws the cart.
Happiness is due to the mind.
Unhappiness is also due to the mind.
Merit is from the mind.
Sin is also from the mind.
All merits and sins arise from phenomena that fabricate or manipulate the mind. By its true nature, the mind does not contain any happiness, suffering, merit or sin. Its duties are simply to accept emotions, acknowledge emotions, analyze emotions and remember emotions.
But because eyes see images,
ears hear sounds,
nose smells fragrances,
tongue tastes flavors,
skin is touched,
those fabricate and manipulate the mind’s condition to be changed according to the nature of those guests that come in to dominate the mind to the point where the mind has no freedom or independence. This mind has to be endlessly enslaved by the emotions that act as fabricators and manipulators. As long as we have the wrong view and lack wisdom to understand and differentiate between what the mind is and what a mental phenomenon is, we will have to feel happiness or suffering, commit sins, make merits, and do good and bad deeds depending on where the phenomenon leads us.
Are you tired?
When will you get bored?
When will you come to a realization?
When will you get rid of garbage that has been fermenting in your mind? Don’t you feel heavy, smelly or disgusted at all?
The original Thai version/ต้นฉบับภาคภาษาไทย