Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Mind Has No Dwelling Place

Book coverSometimes it seems as if the mind is outside someplace. We see all these things outside. We see mountains or we hear echoes off of cliffs. We have all these different thoughts of different places, and the mind seems to go to those places when we think about them. But it only seems that way; the mind is not really outside of us either. It dwells neither in external objects nor someplace in the body—we cannot find any place in the body where it is. You might then think that since it is not in the body and it is not outside the body, it must be in the empty space in between. But if you look, you cannot find it. We need to look and become certain that the mind has no dwelling place—we must be certain that there is no real place that we can we can point to and say, “Aha! That’s where it is!”

From Vivid Awareness: The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar, by Khenchen Thrangu, page 100

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