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Buddhadharma : Fall 2006
fall 2006| 84 |buddhadharma liferation is simply thinking run amok. While it is not necessarily a problem to think (though of course “right thought” is preferable to “wrong thought”), once we get to the level of mental proliferation we are seriously off course and nothing good can come of it. Looking more closely, we can fur- ther discern that thinking is itself based upon perception. “What one perceives, that one thinks about,” says the Honey- ball. Perception is the mental function that makes sense of what we are seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, or thinking. It provides cognitive informa- tion about the objects of experience in the form of images, words, or symbols, which are learned in culturally specific ways. We see our world through, as, and by means of perceptions, and more often than not project them onto the world. Way down under all these layers of mind is a simple moment of contact, the simultaneous coming together of a sense organ, a sense object, and a moment of consciousness that cognizes one by means of the other. This basic awareness is merely an episode of knowing, carry- ing no content or qualities of its own. All the color and texture of experience, so to speak, are provided by the other concomitant mental factors, such as feel- ing, perception, and the endless permuta- tions of volitional formations. Awareness itself, if we can reach it under all the whirl and spin, is tranquil, luminous, and unadorned. As the mind moves through the stages of assembling experience, from awareness to perception to conception to prolifera- tion, it moves farther and farther into the realm of macro-construction. At each step we see less of things as they are and more of things as we construe them to be. Meditation practice works to reverse this process. In the phrases used in the early texts, one abandons obsessive perceptions and thoughts, cuts through mental prolif- eration, and rests at ease in nonprolifera- tion. And it might not surprise us to hear that those who overcome papañca cross beyond grief and sorrow. However busy it looks from this side, there is light at the end of the tunnel. anDrEW olEnDZki is thE ExEcutivE DirEctor for thE BarrE cEntEr for BuDDhist stuDiEs anD thE EDitor of insiGht Journal. MEDITATION CENTERS CAlIfORNIA DEEp STREAMS ZENDO & INSTITuTE 121 Clement street, san Francisco, Ca 94118. (415) 487-8742; www. deepstreams.org ❖ Zen practice with Joseph Bobrow roshi. Mindfulness and koan practice in the aitken-roshi tradition. workshops integrating Buddhism and psycho- therapy. Building peace with the Coming home project serving veterans and their families; and mentoring and meditation with teens. INfINITE SMIlE SANghA po Box 636, lafayette, Ca 94549. 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