What is Meditation? What is the Mind?


When we speak about meditation, we are speaking about training our minds. We are all quite good at taking care of our bodies. However, we are not quite as skilled at taking care of our minds. And if we want to train our minds, we first need to ask, “What is the mind?” When the mind is ill or having difficulties, we need to know what the mind is and how to treat it.

We speak of three levels of mind:

  1. The ordinary, samsaric mind of daily existence
  2. The indefinite or empty mind trained through study, contemplation, inquiry, and meditation
  3. The luminous, knowing essence of mind that possesses clarity

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