Now is the time for questions and
answers. Whoever has questions can bring them up, and we can all
investigate them together. Someone raised the question of "Who
is mindful of the Buddha?" The Vajra Sutra says, "One should
produce the mind which dwells nowhere." If there is a place,
there is still dwelling. Dwelling nowhere means thinking of
neither good nor evil. This is where we should focus our effort.
If we pay attention to the place, thinking of it as good or bad,
these are all attachments. We practice in order to be free from
attachments. We want to get rid of all attachments and forget
even our bodies. Without a body, how could we still have
When we sit in meditation, we shouldn't
think of anything but the question: "Who is mindful of the
Buddha?" Who is the one being mindful of the Buddha? Look for
the "who." When you find out "who" it is, you will be
enlightened. If you can't find it, you must keep searching for
one day, ten days, a hundred, a thousand days, ten thousand
days! You continue searching for one year, ten, a hundred, a
thousand, or ten thousand years, not stopping until you find it.
You cannot speed up the process. It's not
like taking drugs and getting an immediate high. It's not that
easy. Any "easy" practice is just a gimmick. A real method of
practice requires hard work. Don't be like the farmer who tried
to help his crops grow faster by pulling the shoots upwards.
That's a mistake.
Contemplating "Who is mindful of Buddha?"
can cut through all random thoughts and desires. This one
thought destroys ten great demon armies. The word "who" is like
a jeweled vajra sword that slashes through everything until
there are no further attachments. "All appearances are false and
illusory. If one sees all appearances as nonappearances, one
sees the Thus Come One." It is human nature to be attached.
Freedom from attachments is the Way. If we don't look into the
question of "who" as we sit in meditation, random thoughts will
arise and hinder our enlightenment. Investigating the question
is a way of fighting fire with fire, focusing on one thought to
subdue other random thoughts. When we reach a point in our
investigation where we can neither go forward nor turn back,
right then we'll become enlightened.