non-thought as a wrong view

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Posted by Zolla ( on November 01, 2000 at 15:36:58:

In Reply to: Re: Non-Thought posted by Sergio on November 01, 2000 at 09:46:47:

Beware, there's a common tendency to confuse non-thought, or the temporary pause of consciousnesses and mental constituents (which is a state similar to unconsciousness), with Samadhi, or even worse, identify it with emptiness or enlightenment.

People who fall into this state often say that they've realized emptiness and thus believe they're enlightened. In fact, there is still mind and matters, there are still arisings and ceasings of the five aggregates so they're still subject to Samsara and of course, suffering. In fact, this state often arise even before one reach actual Samadhi. It is not the path.

So, when one see all realms are empty in this "non-thought", it is not actual realization of emptiness. It is not the right view taught by the Buddha. This "non-thought" is far from actually seeing Emptiness, even far from the prelimary understanding of emptiness--which is the actual realization of personal emptiness: impermenance, suffering and selflessness--one has to be able to actually discern the five aggregates in order to discover them.

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