The Union of Stillness and Motion

The Path of Insight series based on the four pillars of mindfulness with the guidance of Matthieu Ricard is now complete. Please explore those four pillars: body, sensations, mind, and phenomena.

A Path of Insight Continues

To support your path of discovery, we will be highlighting a set of advanced practices on the theme of vipaśyanā in the coming weeks, inviting you to dive into a deeper investigation of the mind. With the course Observing the Mind, you will progressively learn to observe mental events and become familiar with their essential nature. Through this, we gain a non-conceptual certainty that nothing in the mind can inflict harm upon us. Mindfulness and enhanced introspection help us cultivate wholesome mental states and disengage from unwholesome ones in our daily lives. These are essential skills for our times.

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the themes of the course by going through each practice and then choosing the practice that resonates most with you. Through daily regular practice, you will become familiar with the essence of it. Although such a deeper investigation of the mind requires time, it can positively impact one's entire life. This practice set of settling the mind is also called Taking the Mind as the Path.

Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen (1570-1662), the tutor of the Fifth Dalai Lama, explained this practice as follows [1]:
Whatever sorts of thoughts arise, without suppressing them, recognize what they emerge from and what they dissolve into, and stay focused while you observe their nature. By doing so, eventually, the motion of thoughts ceases, and there is stillness... each time you observe the nature of thoughts that arise, they will vanish by themselves, following which, a vacuity appears. Likewise, if you also examine the mind when it remains without movement, you will see an unobscured, clear and vivid vacuity, without any difference between the former and latter states. That is well known among meditators and is called "the union of stillness and motion."
Please start the Observing the Mind course here.
And please remember—if you have questions regarding your meditation practice or the Imagine Clarity app, do not hesitate to contact us.

With kind wishes,

The Imagine Clarity team
  1. B. Alan Wallace, "Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity", chap. 8 "Theory: Knowing and Healing the Mind". New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.
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