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Ox and Self Both Forgotten

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2008-08-19
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



The nature of the mind is to compare what is with all the known possibilities. It does this by referencing past moments and past strategies in relation to the present situation. (Such as, I was in this predicament last week and this worked for me then, so I will try it again.) This week, become aware of how much you depend upon the past to give you a course of action in the present. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in this way? Try to act without referencing the past. First observe the situation in totality, free your mind from opinionating or from taking sides, then let action arise spontaneously from that clear discernment.

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