Thinking of Quitting Thinking

Khenpo Gawang

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Many times I hear students say, “I don’t want to think—I just want to sit.” They fear that any analytical process is too “mental” and will only lead to more of the conceptual, discursive thinking that already overburdens the Western approach to life. For example, one time, when I led a program on Contemplative Meditation, one of the participants asked me for a private interview after my opening talk. She told me, “I do not want more concepts. I just want to rest my mind.” I replied, “I do not want more concepts either, but we all already have a lot of concepts in our minds. We need to put them to use in a good way that is helpful.” At the end of the program...

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