Catherine, Shaila. “Focused and Fearless.: Investigation

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Meditative investigation explores, among other things, these questions : What is a thought?
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Does a thought have color or shape? Is it housed in a location? Does it travel a certain distance?
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The greatest illusion created by the thinking mind is the concept of itself.
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If I asked you,“Who is thinking?” you might reply “I am thinking.” .
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What is this “I” to whom you attribute your activities? The thought “I am” is the fundamental concept obscuring the void nature of things.
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Buddhist tradition considers the thought “I am” to be the great catastrophe of birth: a birth that leads inevitably to death.
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Every time “I ” arises in a moment of sensory contact and claims experience for itself, this birth of self recurs, caught in the cycle of dualistic formations.
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Without the deluding dualistic concepts of self and other, what would conceal the exquisite purity of the empty space of all phenomena?
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Suffering arises as we try to sustain the illusory creation of self.
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When that project ceases, the depth of ease is unimaginable.
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Endless energy becomes available.
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The mind awakens to a knowing beyond knower and known; it opens to a timeless lucid awareness.”
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