What do you do in sitting meditation

Caution: by reading this article, it might ruin one precious opportunity for you to discover about sitting meditation by your very own Buddha nature. By telling this, I feel I am denying your Buddha nature. So if you don’t want to lose another chance to discover your very own Buddha nature, please stop reading further! Consider yourself warned.

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When I say doing nothing, I mean no activity of mind. Of course, we are still doing some other activities. For example, we are still breathing. Without the mind trying to control breathing, we can breath very naturally. Also we are sitting on the earth, and together with the earth, we are surrounding the sun, and together with the solar system, we are expanding with the universe. We did all these activities perfectly without failing. It is activity of mind, which we may say is a higher level of activity, gives us troubles. Since any concept is dualistic (plus and minus), we tend to attach ourselves to one side of the view, thus we cannot follow the natural flow of the plus and minus activities of the physical world. Everyone of us has a lot of attachment. The biggest and most common one is probably the attachment to this I am self. Americans tend to acknowledge unconditionally the activity of mind and thus this thinking I am self (quote). Meditation practice, is to keep silent, to drop thinking, drop talking in our heads. Then we will be more aware when thoughts arise. Then we will notice what we are attached to. That is to see with our Buddha nature. When you are not attached to one side of the view, you won’t give rise to the self-generated activity. Then your Buddha nature will function perfectly, seeing everything. This Buddha nature is emptiness. It is the world before the world of language. You have to experience it. Actually we all have experiences in it. But we tend to forget, because of our attachment to many things. So you’ve read this, how are you going to put this into your practice? As for Koan practice, I guess it is still some kind of activity of mind, although it is definitely not logic thinking. It is kind of using Koan to experience the emptiness of one or the other side of any view. After it expands to very large, it has to disappear. Then the other side of the view will be active.

Should I say this so clearly? It seems that it might ruin your chance to discover this by yourself through your Buddha nature.

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