April 1, 2011

The new book, just use this mind, written by Zen Master Miao Tsan (Jian Liao) has the answer for you. “Every stressful experience in our lives emerges from a mental door that we unconsciously but repeatedly open. Our habitual thinking opens mental doors — modes of thinking -including concepts of right and wrong, self and others, judgments, opinions, beliefs, biases, habitual ways of mind functioning, even our religious beliefs. Going through them leads us in an endless loop back to the same set of problems and undesirable outcomes. Encounters with certain people, for example, may tend to trigger confrontational interactions. While we can easily justify our dislike of another person, why does his or her presence bring about such anxiety? The truth is that a pattern of negative perception has taken root in our mind. Therefore, the mind automatically and unconsciously gives rise to mind functioning that connects the relation­ship with negative judgments and ideas. Not knowing the real source of the problem, it is easy for us to blame the other person to explain away our own uncomfortable feelings. All our experiences are the reflection of our mind’s functioning. The process of life is the continuous experience of our own creation. Reality is the reflection of self-created thought, and accord­ingly we are the sole creator of our own lives. To break away from the habitual thinking, cultivate the inner awareness and change your thought will open the right door and create a better, more fulfilling life…”