See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
Mixed understanding of this phrase can confuse.
This Confucian proverb originally meant being of good mind, speech and action.
In Buddhist traditions, the proverb means not dwelling on evil thoughts.
In the Western world, it often means turning a blind eye to wrong doing.
However. If we don’t see evil, speak of evil or hear about evil…we won’t see it coming!
As Tsoknyi Rinpoche said “…place mindfulness on guard; Along the road of distraction, Mara (evil) lies in ambush. Mara is this mind, clinging to likes and dislikes…”.
The ultimate view is that there is no evil. Evil is merely a temporary phenomenon of attraction and repulsion in the mind, which created an ‘I’ because we ignored our original essence – consciousness before thought.
What is evil?
Anything that obscures goodness.
What is goodness?
That depends on our understanding of evil.
Before we can negate the ‘I’,
we must first designate what this ‘I’ is.
On investigation, this ‘I’ proves to be merely a load of fleeting ideas.
The ‘I’ is the obscuration, and therefore the source of evil.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
When this designated ‘I’ is seen as an impermanent occurrence,
what is left?