The purpose of this meditation is to get a feeling for how things really exist.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started thinking about how everything I see is merely a conceptual projection of my mind. There are no computers or beds or iPhones other than their appearances. And those appearances have no substance behind them. They seem to be very solid and real, but in fact they completely lack this quality.

Buddha ShakyamuniI thought about my ‘self’. It seems so real, so solid. But it is made up of my body and my mind. My ‘self’ does not feel like more than one thing. I normally talk about it as a singular, not a plural. And yet when I try to find it, all I can find are my body and mind. My ‘self’ does not function by itself either. Normally I say ‘I think…’ but my ‘self’ cannot think. My mind does the thinking. Normally I say that ‘I walk…’, but my ‘self’ cannot walk. My body does the walking. The ‘self’ that I am so  comfortable with simply does not exist, other than as an appearance.

I thought about my self, and how it normally seems to be an intrinsic sum of my parts, completely at one with them yet independent. I then thought about how when I look for my ‘self’ all I can find are my body and my mind. I focused on the emptiness of my ‘self’ and how my body and mind appear when I look for myself, and I experienced a feeling that the ‘self’ was missing. I focused on this for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings see the emptiness of the self.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to see the emptiness of the phenomena I meet.