No Judgments

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Those who, upon reciting the Name, cease to weigh the good and evil, right and wrong of their own minds, and who harbor no illusions, are said to be practitioners in whom the definitive aspiration is decisively settled.

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Make no judgments about the condition of your mind. Since this calculating mind is delusional, both when it is wholesome and when it is unwholesome, it cannot be essential for emancipation.

The Holy Name itself is born in the Pure Land.

—Ippen Shonin

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to No Judgments

  1. Razi says:

    Tashi, Does the mind exist other then the calculating mind? Or is it a better question to ask, is there a state of the mind where calculation has ceased? Is he just referring to the ‘calculating’ aspect of the mind not being helpful in emancipation or to mind in its totality?  I am not sure what that even means….regarding the totality of the mind. It seems like conjecture, since it is not clear to me…

    Thanks, Razi  Sent from a mobile phone. 

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      The calculating mind does not know all that precedes a situation, nor the potential outcomes. Thus, all judgments are –at best– partial and provisional. If we give credence to our judgments about the condition of the mind, we will most often be mistaken.

      Ippen Shonin recommends that we harbor no illusions, and focus on practice. When he says that the Holy Name itself is born, he means that our own Buddha Nature manifests enlightenment –not our ordinary mind.

      When we attain enlightenment, all calculation ceases.

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