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Breaking Through the Monkey Mind by Cultivating our Infinite Buddha Mind

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The Monkey Mind is a Buddhist term that refers to the mind most people possess. A constantly distracted, chattering, uncontrollable, and rambling mind full of ceaseless thoughts and images.

Most are slaves to this mind. But we can also break out of this Monkey Mind by cultivating mindfulness and awareness.

There is a greater mind out there that we all share in. It has been called the Infinite Buddha Mind. Some might call it God, but that term has certain connotations that may limit an understanding of it. It is a mind not outside ourselves, but it is the foundation of our very selves.

As humans we are fortunate to be able to have some understanding of our Infinite Buddha mind. In fact, I believe that when we come to some understanding of this great mind then we are moving toward our spiritual evolutionary destiny. This infinite Buddha mind is the pure potentiality of all existence. From it arises all of the multiverses, dimensions, beings, and the whole suchness of life.

The Infinite Buddha Mind is the source and support of everything, including our own Monkey Minds.

All of our individual life experiences are a part of this vast mind. Like our own minds, we can't touch it or feel it but it is the source of our own individual consciousness. It is pure awareness and as empty as space. As empty space seems to be the support of matter, so the Empty Infinite Buddha Mind is the support of everything and the source of everything. Just as our very own consciousness determines our individual experiences (individual Karma), and our group consciousness creates our collective experiences (group Karma), all of consciousness and life is supported by our Infinite Buddha Mind. There is 'No Thing' or nothing outside of our Infinite Buddha Mind.

In Truth, our Infinite Buddha Mind is 'No Thing' but everything.

But how can we cultivate our Infinite Buddha Mind?

It is as easy or as difficult of quieting our Monkey Minds and opening to the bliss of the Infinite. Obviously, this takes a life long practice. It will likely will go on for many lives.

The Buddhists have the Bodhisattva concept. They are said to be beings in the process of coming to their Buddha realization or full enlightenment. The Boddhisattva is a '"Wisdom-Being."[1] It is the name given to anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all living beings."( Wikipedia)

Lives come and go. An infinite variety of lives we have all lived. From simple to complex lives. All of our lives have been precious. But our human life is particularly precious, since it offers us the tremendous spiritual realization of our Infinite Buddha Mind.

Although a few of us may have advanced to the level of Bodhisattva. In truth, we are all Buddhas in training.

We can open to the infinite by a couple of simple steps that may take the work of life times to master.

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