The First Point in Buddhism

Many of you have children. Babies really have don’t know mind. That is why they say we learn the most in our life between zero and five. Babies will just stare at you, they are not thinking anything. They are taking in information. They look at their hand, they don’t even know what it is. They don’t even know it is connected to their body. So naturally all of us have don’t know mind. But very quickly as we know we start latching onto ideas, some of which we brought into this life, which is what we call karma. Some you make in this life and become your habit. But we don’t see it as my habit, we experience it as truth. And this creates the suffering of humans. So when you cut your thinking, which means keeping a mind that doesn’t know, at that time, it is before thinking. So when you keep don’t know 100% it is already before thinking. Before thinking is your true substance. We think our substance is our body, emotions, consciousness, souls, spirits, but those are just words. What is it? You can’t say. If you say it, it is not it. Water water water. I am still thirsty. You have to become one with it, then you are not thirsty. Same thing, our mind is thirsty for some confidence, not in our personality or our ability or anything, just in our being. But as long as we are attached to words, ideas and feelings, we will never get there. So when we keep don’t know, don’t know is before thinking, before thinking is our true substance. So that is the first point in Buddhism. Recognize your true nature is before thinking. Experience that. That is what Buddha experienced when he saw the stars.

Zen Master Dae Bongteachings