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31 Jan 2012
34 min 58 sec
Video Overview

If the suffering world is only a thought-construction, then stopping thought would seem to be the most liberating move. Thought is associated with a false appearance to the thinker of separateness or discontinuity. Everywhere humans seem to engage, spontaneously and otherwise, in activities that stop thought, allowing them to shed the burden of separation from the world as an outside observer. Where there is no thought, there can be no lie, no deception, and thus non-conceptual states often give access to insight. Yet as Tsong kha pa famously argues, getting beyond all of this, and seeing that not thinking is not enough, is at the very heart of what it means to be a Buddhist.