Ricard: “Why Meditate? Clarity

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When a rainbow appears vividly in the sky, you can see its beautiful colors, yet you could not wear it as clothing or put it on as an ornament.
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It arises through the conjunction of various factors, but there is nothing about it that can be grasped.
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Likewise, thoughts that arise in the mind have no tangible existence or intrinsic solidity.
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There is no logical reason why thoughts, which have no substance, should have so much power over you, nor is there any reason why you should become their slave.
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The endless succession of past, present, and future thoughts leads you to believe that there is something inherently and consistently present, and you call it “mind.”
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But actually past thoughts are as dead as a corpse.
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Future thoughts have not yet arisen.
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So how could these two, which do not exist, be part of an entity that inherently exists?
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It is only your lack of awareness and your grasping that make thoughts seem to have some kind of reality.
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If thoughts had any inherent existence in the absolute nature of mind, they should at least have a form, or be located somewhere.
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But there is nothing.
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However, that nothingness is not just a blank emptiness like empty space.
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There is an immediate awareness present.
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This clarity of mind is like the sun, illuminating the landscape and allowing you to see mountain, path, and precipice—where to go, and where not to go. …
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