It isn't stopping thought, stopping is honestly a misnomer there is a gap between thoughts, the goal if there is one with the practice is to spread
that gap between thoughts out. If this mind training interests you... simply start with the number 1 and keep repeating it, as soon as the mind
wonders go to number 2 and keep repeating it, if it wanders gently pull it back and go to the next number up to 10, then back to 1. Eventually, you'll
be able to stay on number 1 for a very long time.... if you do not want to use numbers, pick several of your favorite mantras, or use the cakra bija
seed sounds, or saints, disciples, sports teams it doesn't matter... the result is the same. The side effect? You develop a better understanding or
reaction time as the world unfolds around you or complete awareness of the present moment or one pointedness. It will cure children of ADHD as well
and benefit all children in general. You also gain the ability to act to what best fits the situation that arises based on your
experience,understanding and introspection, so be gentle with yourself when training the mind! Rarely do we just know something we must learn and
practice... you can't just beat a dog into the perfect dog, you can only kick it so much that it bites you out of self preservation, you have a
nervous breakdown, you can only shake the soda so much before the cork blows off.... your mind is filled with experience, the problem is, it is so
busy labeling and fantasizing about the future, and the woulda and shoulda, grasping whatever it wants or is distracted by... we often miss the chance
to best apply our experience and knowledge when we or someone else needs it or fully experience the world around us because of this untamed,
uncivilized mind. The mind is a distraction and suffers needlessly filled with stress when untamed and uncivilized, it is a wild animal running around
doing and going where ever it likes. A poorly directed mind can harm you more than your worst enemy ever could,and it is unhealthy.
It's also is not blissing out on some form of nothingness void of thought, it is a sharpening of the mind and it's mental faculties, making it more
efficient and able to spring into action with all your previous experience intuitively as soon as it is needed, it is all at your disposal in a
beneficial manner to yourself and others... as long as one is alive they build karma. It is impossible to be alive and avoid cause and effect, so you
can see how this knowing can be of service and save a lot of needless trouble and suffering... it basically keeps reducing your karmic foot print as
experience of the practice grows, if that makes for a clearer metaphor... yes bliss can happen, but it is not the goal it is a reward for the work you
have put into training the mind honestly, so don't let it delude you. When the mind is refined with practice the gap between thoughts grow and grow...
I suppose the word stop kinda fits, but that's a translation issue thoughts are linked like a chain, the less disciplined the tighter together those
links are... it's a wonder anyone can focus on anything at all with an untrained mind, so imagine the ability to focus on whatever you place your mind
on with zero mental or bodily distraction for as long as you like, the only interruption is other people that demand your attention. The ear becomes
deaf unless you place your mind there, the stomach is always full if your focus never touches the belly.
If you noticed, I said when you place your mind where you want... this is called a well directed mind, and a mediation practice... pulling your mind
back to a focus or center is learning to do exactly that, that's all that mediation is... you are training yourself to use your mind to its fullest
potential with many beneficial side effects that ease the burdens and puts an end to the stress and suffering of life by habitually putting your mind
where you want it to be moment to moment. It's like wax on and wax off in the Karate kid, Daniel thought all he was doing was washing cars, and
painting fences... he had no idea he was learning Karate, when he learned he was he put more care and focus into his waxing and painting. Hopefully
this helps clarify and aid others, if not then it is as useless as a second nose.
How this escapes many? I am unsure, Chan means mind and well if you practice anything enough you are said to have mastery, well it's pretty obvious...
mediation is a system of mind mastery. At this point someone may say well it's just mind over matter, a placebo to escape life or something of that
nature. No where on this earth or in the universe can you go to escape the mind, so you might as well tame the beast and make it your best friend.
You're walking with your mind down the street unleashed, like trying to walk a wild dog... it is trying to chase, attack, piss and hump on everything,
led by his desire and senses heedless without training. If you do not train this dog of yours first by putting it on a leash, he will bring you
nothing but trouble and suffering. This is the world we live in the world of samsara, the wild dog is the mind. So it is in your best interest to
train it if you want to coexist and be in harmony with this dog you cannot escape from yeah?
The practice of Hua Tou:
In Chinese zen known as Chan, before Imperial Japan invaded and set up communism... there was a meditation practice called Hua Tou practiced for many
years, sure some may know the name, but the sadly the true practice of it is pretty much lost to the Western world and perhaps even where it
originated. There is a wiki entry about it, and sadly it confirms the practice has been blended with Japanese zen practice and it's essence has been
lost in translation and the blending. So what's so special about Hua Tou? The Chinese Chan(zen) master that developed the practice, said It can lead a
lay follower to understanding and experiencing full enlightenment(the mind untangled or unfettered, unattached to samsara by understanding this arises
because of that and that arises because of this((causation)) from experience and introspection) in one lifetime, making it a powerful practice. This
was a huge claim to be laying down mind you... and if it didn't work he would have been severely rebuked.
To preserve the goal of the practice in it's original essence, I will present it here.
It is best to think of the Hua Tou as literally head and tail, the iconography used a tiger, but that is of little importance where practice is
concerned, except to note that the tiger stripes are the chain of thoughts between the head and the tail. The head more accurately is the start of a
thought, the stripes all the thoughts related and the tail the ending of the thought.
So a thought arises as they naturally do... instead of brushing it off or trying to be neutral with neither attachment or aversion, you question it.
For example: You're sitting comfortably, the thought arises: "I am hungry" you ask "Who is hungry" is there an automatic response back? Most likely
there is with the answer "I am" you ask "Who am I?" your mind replies "I am ____" You ask "Who is____?" Keep this back and forth dialog going... the
only thing is to keep asking "Who" you do not have to sit special or anything else to do this, though I would not suggest doing it when driving...
sweeping, walking in a park whatever your preference is. Eventually giving your own mind the 3rd degree. You'll get your answer.
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