365 Days for Travelers: Mar 26


Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

MIND

The mind is like wind, which cannot be grasped;
The mind is like water, which arises and ceases, non-abiding;
The mind is like flame, which is produced from myriad conditions;
The mind is like emptiness, in which defilements are impermanent.

WHAT IS THE MIND?

The mind is like a monkey, for it is hard to tame; are
you able to control your mind?

The mind is like a flash of lightning, in that it is as fast
as a split second; are you able to grasp your mind’s
intentions?

The mind is like a wild deer, in that it chases the
sense objects; are you able to see through the
illusions?

The mind is like a thief, such that it steals your
merits; are you able to subdue the Mara in your
mind?

The mind is like an adversary, for it causes suffering
to the body; are you able to stop the maltreatment?

The mind is like a servant, for it is ordered about by
afflictions; are you able to be remain amiable and
carefree?

The mind is like a king, in that it has supreme power
over the body; are you able to inspire virtue in people?

The mind is like an ever-flowing spring, in that it is
inexhaustible; are you able to give to all sentient beings?

The mind is like an artist, as it paints everything; are
you able to make the world a more beautiful place?

The mind is like space, in that it is boundless; are
you able to embrace the entire world?