Wandering Thoughts

Student:  How do I deal with wandering thoughts during the meditation? Master:  When we are practicing the counting method for a while, we are calm and have some clarity of mind; and then we just focus and keep the concentration there without counting the numbers.  Without counting the numbers, our mind may stay in calmness but for a short period of time, the wandering thoughts may start to show up.  At this moment, we should keep our mind in calmness and clarity without being affected by the wandering thoughts. This is very important.  The moment when our wandering thoughts appear again, we are facing our habitual thinking patterns. If the clarity fades away and we start to think, at that moment, we lose our focus on meditation and we start to follow our habitual thinking patterns again. Therefore, realizing our wandering thoughts, facing our wandering thoughts, and not being moved by our wandering thoughts are very important.  If the clarity of our mind is moved by our wandering thoughts, we lose the awareness and do not have the freedom to generate the thoughts we want.  

Comments (4)

  1. Jennifer:
    May 25, 2011 at 04:35 PM

    I have only recently been introduced to Buddhism and now realize how difficult it can be to quiet your mind. Through Master's writings and books, I have learned that there is another way and have been trying to use my thoughts and mind in a way that allows me to see the bigger picture, which I think at least in part is connected to the universal truth.

    1. emptikloud:
      May 26, 2011 at 04:27 PM

      Certainly!! Beyond the surface appearance of Buddhism - the ritual, the architecture, the clothes, the food, the tea, the Oriental thing, the terminologies, etc - there is something that is truly beneficial and useful to everyone. That something is the universal truth. That is what you want to get out of Buddhism, not the packaging but the actual stuff inside. Master's teaching on the Mind is what I think the ultimate mobile device, it works anywhere, regardless of your cultural and social background. You can apply it to any aspect of your life and make a real difference. That's universal!

  2. Jen:
    Jul 26, 2012 at 02:56 PM

    This is helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Jackie:
    Aug 07, 2012 at 08:37 AM

    Comming here is like being together again to hear the truth.You taught us well.And with such love for us all.

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