Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Delayed Daily Musing - March 31st, 2013 - Point - 點 - Diǎn

Point - 點 - Diǎn

Compress the mind
to a single point.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

The key to meditation is concentrating the mind into a single point. There are many methods for achieving this, but the end result of each is the same - a focused, supremely sharp mind.

A point has a definite position in space, but neither size nor shape.
A point marks an actual place in time, such as a point of departure.
A point is the very essence, as in the point of a theory or idea.
A point is a coordinate for navigation.
A point is the center of dominance, a principle point of perspective.
A point determines one's outlook, as in the point of view.

Once the mind is made into a single point, the above attributes are absorbed. In contrast, the unfocused mind is cast imprecisely over a wide area. The disordered mind cannot categorize thoughts, cannot harness the disparate energies, and cannot move clearly in any single direction. The disorganized mind is constantly at the mercy of impulse and influence, and thus, is easily disoriented. The resulting confusion, ignorance, and unhappiness leaves the mind and body in a state of helplessness. 

There is a cure for those capable of concentration. The mind, once clearly focused, can begin to receive all things, abiding life and strife with utter tranquility. Those awakened may seem to exaggerate when they speak of the world as revolving around the self, but they do not mean to imply arrogance or egocentric pride. They merely mean that the chase is over, for everything one needs is already close at hand.