Mind’s Hidden Faults Part 2
by Patrul Rinpoche
“There are some meditators who do not let their mind rest in itself as it should. Instead, they let it watch outwardly, and search inwardly, as one shouldn’t. You will neither see nor find the mind by watching outwardly or searching inwardly. The fault lies in not having understood the meaning. There is no reason whatsoever to watch outwardly or search inwardly. Let go directly into this mind that is watching outwardly or searching inwardly, and that is exactly it.
“There are some meditators who do not let their mind in the thinking when there is thinking, and in non-thought when there is no thinking. They believe that the mind comes from some other place and then search for it here and there. Because of this, they don’t recognise their minds. There is no reason to search here and there. Just let the mind rest directly in thought when there is thinking, and in no-thought when there is no thinking. That is exactly it.
“There are some meditators who don’t feel confident that their mind is empty, but who speculate about whether or not it is really so and they remain in doubt. The fault lies in not having understood the real meaning. There is no reason to doubt. Since your mind is empty from the very beginning, rest in that empty state. That is exactly it. If you feel doubt, then let go directly into the one that feels the doubt, and that is exactly it.”
NB As we can see, whether we are thinking or not, the mind can still be at rest. We simply don’t get caught up in or attached to that thinking – or not thinking: the thinking is taking place within the clarity of emptiness.