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Never conceive meditation as 'thinking nothing'
December 21st, 2012 (December 22nd, 2012)

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Never conceive meditation as 'thinking nothing'

"It may be that when you merely hold your mind without finding any certainty, it does not scatter to objects (…), but this does not constitute an understanding of the meaning of the two selflessnesses. If it did, then it would most absurdly follow that even those who are falling asleep or passing out would understand selflessness because their minds do not scatter to objects.

"Kamalaśīla's third Stages of Meditation says that ['thinking nothing'] is like the cowardice of those who in battle shut their eyes when they see a powerful enemy, instead of behaving as heroic warriors who open their eyes and look well to see where the enemy is."

— ཙོང་ཁ་པ། (Tsong kha pa), Lam rim chen mo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment)

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