B1 Intermediate US 250 Folder Collection
After playing the video, you can click or select the word to look it up in the dictionary.
Loading...
Report Subtitle Errors
Mindfulness is very much in vogue at this moment as many of you probably know. And it's
often taught as though it were a glorified version of an executive stress ball. It's
a tool you want in your tool kit. It prepares you emotionally to go into a new experience
with a positive attitude and you know you're not hauling around baggage from the past.
And that's true. Actually having focus and having your mind in the present moment is
a little bit of a superpower in situations that we're all in from day to day. But that
actually undervalues what mindfulness really is and its true potential. It's more like
the large hadron collider in that it's a real tool for making some fundamental discoveries
about the nature of the mind. And one of these discoveries is that the sense of self that
we all carry around from day to day is an illusion. And cutting through that illusion
I think is actually more important than stress reduction or any of the other conventional
benefits that are accurately ascribed to mindfulness.
The enemy of mindfulness and really of any meditation practice is being lost in thought,
is to be thinking without knowing that you're thinking. Now the problem is not thoughts
themselves. We need to think. We need to think to do almost anything that makes us human
– to reason, to plan, to have social relationships, to do science. Thinking is indispensable to
us but most of us spend every moment of our waking lives thinking without knowing that
we're thinking. And this automaticity is a kind of scrim thrown over at the present
moment through which we view everything. And it's distorting of our lives. It's distorting
of our emotions. It engineers our unhappiness in every moment because most of what we think
is quite unpleasant. We're judging ourselves, we're judging others, we're worrying about
the future, we're regretting the past, we're at war with our experience in subtle or coarse
ways. And much of this self-talk is unpleasant and diminishing our happiness in every moment.
And so meditation is a tool for cutting through that.
It's interrupting this continuous conversation we're having with ourselves. So that is
– that in and of itself is beneficial. But there are features of our experience that
we don't notice when we're lost in thought. So, for instance, every experience you've
ever had, every emotion, the anger you felt yesterday or a year ago isn't here anymore.
It arises and it passes away. And if it comes back in the present moment by virtue of your
thinking about it again, it will subside again when you're no longer thinking about it.
Now this is something that people tend not to notice because we rather than merely feel
an emotion like anger, we spend our time thinking of all the reasons why we have every right
to be angry. And so the conversation keeps this emotion in play for much, much longer
than its natural half-life. And if you're able, through mindfulness to interrupt this
conversation and simply witness the feeling of anger as it arises you'll find that you
can't be angry for more than a few moments at a time. If you think you can be angry for
a day or even an hour without continually manufacturing this emotion by thinking without
knowing that you're thinking, you're mistaken. And this is something you can just witness
for yourself. This is – again this is an objective truth claim about the nature of
subjective experience. And it's testable. And mindfulness is the tool that you would
use to test it.
One problem is that most of the people who teach mindfulness – and I know many of the
great vipassana teachers in the West and in the East and I have immense respect for these
people. I learned to meditate in a traditionally Buddhist context. But most people who teach
mindfulness are still in the religion business. They're still – they're propagating
Western Buddhism or American Buddhism. The connection to the tradition of Buddhism in
particular is explicit and I think there are problems with that because when you, if you
are declaring yourself a Buddhist you are part of the problem of religious sectarianism
that has needlessly shattered our world. And I think we have to get out of the religion
business. That whatever is true about mindfulness and meditation and any introspective methodology
that will deliver truths about the nature of consciousness is non-sectarian. It's
no more Buddhist than physics is Christian. You know the Christians invented physics or
discovered physics but anyone talking about Christian physics clearly doesn't understand
the significance of what we've understood through that means. It's the same with meditation.
There's going to come a time where we no longer are tempted to talk about Buddhist
meditation as opposed to any other form. We're just talking about turning consciousness upon
itself and what can be discovered by that process.
Now it just so happens that Buddhism almost uniquely has given us a language and a methodology
to do this in a way that is really well designed for export to secular culture because you
can get to the core truths of Buddhism, the truth of selflessness, the ceaseless impermanence
of mental phenomenon, the intrinsic unsatisfactoriness of experience because you can't hold on
to anything. No matter how pleasant an experience is it arises and then passes away. And no
matter how much you protect yourself, unpleasant experience is destined to come. These features
of our minds can be fully tested and understood without believing anything on insufficient
evidence. So it's true to say that despite all of the spooky metaphysics and unjustified
claims within Buddhism you can get to the core of it without any faith claim and without
being intellectually dishonest. But it is intellectually dishonest, I think, to keep
talking about these truths in an exclusively Buddhist context because it's misleading.
It subtly gives the message that in order to have rich, meaningful, important spiritual
lives we must somehow continue to endorse religious sectarianism. We must still frame
this inquiry with an ancient allegiance to one accidental strand of human culture as
opposed to using all of the concepts and tools and conversations that are available to us
in the twenty-first century.
    You must  Log in  to get the function.
Tip: Click on the article or the word in the subtitle to get translation quickly!

Loading…

Sam Harris: Mindfulness is Powerful, But Keep Religion Out of It

250 Folder Collection
abovelight published on March 19, 2019
More Recommended Videos
  1. 1. Search word

    Select word on the caption to look it up in the dictionary!

  2. 2. Repeat single sentence

    Repeat the same sentence to enhance listening ability

  3. 3. Shortcut

    Shortcut!

  4. 4. Close caption

    Close the English caption

  5. 5. Embed

    Embed the video to your blog

  6. 6. Unfold

    Hide right panel

  1. Listening Quiz

    Listening Quiz!

  1. Click to open your notebook

  1. UrbanDictionary 俚語字典整合查詢。一般字典查詢不到你滿意的解譯,不妨使用「俚語字典」,或許會讓你有滿意的答案喔