First we get educated. Then, at some point, we are seized with the necessity of getting de-educated. It took Leonard Cohen five-and-a-half years as a caregiver on Mount Baldy to blank his slate.
More suffering is caused by men who take offence than give offence. The quicker we take offence, the more resistance we have. Jesus’ Zen-like teaching on this dukes the mind: Resist not evil.
Just so I understand: If I dance for you and remember all of my choreography, perhaps you will like me. But if I’m danced for you and forget everything I ever knew, we fall straight into bed?
I had a chronic pain condition for more than 30 years before it suddenly lifted. It was a harsh teacher, like a Zen master with a teaching stick. But some of us need that.
The mind is exclusively interested in thoughts. Consciousness has no thought process.