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Zen Mind Has No “I”

Rigpa, Primordial Awareness has no “I”
Rigpa or Zen Mind, is an awareness without a personal experiencer nor a personal perceiver who perceives.
The Bahiya Sutra
“The Buddha was approached and asked by a person named Bahiya to reveal the insight necessary to realize enlightenment:
“Teach me the Dhamma (supreme truth), O Blessed One! Teach me the Dhamma, O One-Well-Gone, that will be for my long-term welfare and bliss.”
The Buddha responded: “Then, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus:
In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard.
In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to the cognized, only the cog­nized.
That is how you should train yourself.
When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bahiya, there is no ‘you’ in terms of that.
When there is no ‘you’ in terms of that, there is no ‘you’ there. When there is no ‘you’ there, you are neither here nor there nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of samsara (suffering).”
At this moment, Bahiya’s mind fully awakened.”
Lama Zopa:
“Another way to meditate on emptiness is to ask yourself, “What am I doing now?” You reply, “I’m sitting.”
“Then ask yourself, “Why do I say that “I” am sitting?” “There’s no other reason at all to believe that “I” am sitting except that my body is doing the action of sitting.”
“And when you say, “I’m thinking” or “I’m listening to teachings,” why do you believe “you” are thinking or listening to teachings? There’s no other reason at all except that your mind is thinking or listening to teachings.”
“This way of meditating helps us to recognize the object to be refuted. It is only because the aggregates (body/mind) are sitting, standing, eating, drinking or sleeping that we believe “I’m sitting,” “I’m standing,” “I’m eating,” “I’m drinking” or “I’m sleeping.” The I is merely imputed in dependence upon the aggregates ( body/mind) and the actions of the aggregates (body/mind). With this reasoning, there’s suddenly a big change in your view of the I. The concrete I, the seemingly real I, suddenly becomes empty right there. The seemingly real I from its own side that appeared before is not there.” Prasangika View
Lama Zopa

By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of Awakened.ca based out of Toronto, Canada.