“If we train this restless mind of ours to experience the tranquillity of one-pointedness, we will see that the one-pointed mind exists separately from the defilements such as anger and so on.
“The mind and the defilements are not identical. If they were, purification of mind would be impossible. The mind forges imaginings that harness the defilements to itself, and then becomes unsure as to exactly what is the mind and what is defilement.
“The Buddha taught
[‘Pabhassaramidaμ bhikkhave cittaμ, tañca kho ægantukehi upakkilesehi upakkili¥¥haμ.’]
The mind is unceasingly radiant; defilements are separate entities that enter into it.”
This saying shows that his teaching on the matter is in fact clear. For the world to be the world, every one of its constituent parts must be present: its existence depends on them. The only thing that stands by itself is Dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha. One who considers Dhamma to be manifold or composite has not yet penetrated it thoroughly.
Water is in its natural state a pure, transparent fluid, but if dyestuff is added to it, it will change colour accordingly:
- If red dye is added it will turn red;
- If black dye, black.
But even though water may change its colour in accordance with substances introduced into it, it does not forsake its innate purity and colourlessness.
If a wise person is able to distil all the coloured water, it will resume its natural state. The dyestuff can only cause variation in outer appearance…
“The heart is that which lies at the centre of things, and is also formless. It is simple awareness devoid of movement to and fro, of past and future, within and without, merit and harm. Wherever the centre of a thing lies, there lies its heart, for the word ‘heart’ means centrality.”
~ Ajahn Thate, ‘Only the World Ends,’ pp 47-9 (Jayasaro Bhikkhu trans.)