Is it wrong to control the mind?

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Is it wrong to control the mind?

Post by leveraldo8 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:50 pm

Is it wrong to control the mind? Why do people say that we can only observe the mind?

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Re: Is it wrong to control the mind?

Post by LastLegend » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:07 pm

leveraldo8 wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:50 pm
Is it wrong to control the mind? Why do people say that we can only observe the mind?
That depends on your practice. If you are taming the wild ox, when discriminating intention arises you are directing towards the non-discriminating state.
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Re: Is it wrong to control the mind?

Post by PadmaVonSamba » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:53 pm

Not, "wrong"... but you have to examine what you mean by "control".
What this usually means is, during meditation, thoughts arise. You don't try to suppress them.
Don't indulge them, but also don't try to "not think".
Thoughts arise, you just give them room and return to watching your breath or whatever your focus is.
So, don't try to control thoughts.

But, controlling the mind, meaning to intentionally focus the mind,
or to make an effort not to get attached to passing emotions,
to discipline the mind, that's different from controlling thoughts.

If your focus is watching the mind itself, letting the mind rest and observing it, or examining if it can be found anywhere, etc.,
if the mind is an object of your awareness, then you don't need to make it do anything.
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Re: Is it wrong to control the mind?

Post by seeker242 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:24 am

The Buddha thinks is quite fine to control the mind. Definitely not wrong :smile:
"Monks, I know not of any other single thing that brings such woe as the mind that is untamed, uncontrolled, unguarded and unrestrained. Such a mind indeed brings great woe.

"Monks, I know not of any other single thing that brings such bliss as the mind that is tamed, controlled, guarded and restrained. Such a mind indeed brings great bliss."
One should not kill any living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite any other to kill. Do never injure any being, whether strong or weak, in this entire universe!

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