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Looking At Ourselves

Looking at ourselves

We all experience the world through our senses. In Buddhism, mind has been divided into what is called the ordinary mind and the big mind – Sem and Rigpa. The ordinary mind, which is the one we spend most of our time relating to, experiences the world through a threefold process – perception leading to concept ending up with emotion. This process run so fast that before we know it we find ourselves either liking or disliking something. Not being aware of the way our ordinary mind works, we might be left with a world reflecting only a fragment of the totality existing in our big mind.

 Instead of relating solely to the experience, the history, the bottom line, we might remind ourselves that there cannot be an experience without a certain interference by an experiencer – I. If we, instead of trying to make sense of what seems to be the objective world, remind ourselves that it is our experience, our reaction we register. Which questions, which insights might this lead to? Instead of yelling at the person cutting us off, we can pay attention to the storyline being presented to us by our mind that leads us to respond in such a way. What do we know…

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