What & Where is the MIND?

What is MIND? Where is it located? And why does it cause so many problems? I don’t know about you, but I love blogging.  Seeing what others write about & what interests them. Yesterday I came across a blog that really got me thinking more about the mind.

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Psychologists, Therapists & Psychiatrists all concerned with mental health, refer to the mind as often being disturbed or out of balance etc. Of course that’s their profession – to better understand the mind and treat mental health problems. Yet, if the most skilled surgeon on the planet disected our body (including the brain) I guarantee he/she wouldn’t locate anything resembling mind.  Naturally they’d be able to locate the brain because its tangible, but they’d never locate what’s known as mind.  On the other hand, we in the West take shed loads of prescribed medication to balance the mind  So I guess today’s dilemma is this….

How do you personally define the mind & if it can’t be located anywhere in the body, how can it be responsible for so many mental health problems?

 

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8 thoughts on “What & Where is the MIND?

  1. I know you will likely agree with me but here it goes. Mind is acausal non local quantum mechanical interrelatedness. It is everywhere in everyone and thing, it is the basis for all things and phenomena, and it brings us all together.
    It is not really responsible for our problems. We simply have a misunderstanding with it. You see mind or our consciousness is like an eye it can see out but not itself. Think like this can your eye see it’s own lens or pupil? Not without the help of a mirror or in the case of mind not without the help of meditation. Medical science today treats symptoms in the brain often with drugs. Psychology begins to work with our perception and tries to change it. This is Buddhism has the best chance to help. But this is easier said than done. Psychology wants to leave any semblance of religion at the side but Buddhism functions best as a whole. Thanks that’s my opinion.

    QP

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  2. Hi QP I always love your answers because they’re full of food for though. I do agree with you about the make up of mind but at the same time how can we substantiate this without first being able to locate and analyse it? What I’m trying to say, is how do we actually know what we’ve been told about mind is true? If there is nothing to compare it against . I believe Buddhism has the most accurate understanding of the mind and how to tame and calm the mind. The reason I believe this, is because it can be done without medical intervention and I have personal experience of calming the mind in times of stress and anxiety through meditation so I know it works. After saying this however, medical or Psychitric intervention is the most common way especially in the western world, of actually attempting this. It’s a really interesting subject to me especially as a Buddhist. Thank you for your brilliant responses to my posts. Julie

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  3. Well first off how do we know it to be true if we cannot see or localize it? Non local is a location, it is everywhere that is also a location. It’s just hard to look everywhere. Anfing we cannot find a single location then everywhere must be true. How or what can we compare it to? We compare it to everyone and everything because it is everywhere. Meditating does not just calm the mind we can know it and understand it as well in mediation. Calming is only the first step.

    It is true that Psychiatric intervention is often used and it works but there is however a big difference in approach or application. Psychology like most if not all other science is outwards in. And Buddhism works from the inside outwards.
    I really think this duality can be “solved” by a middle way. We just have to learn it some how. I know meditation is not for everyone and psychiatric intervention is also not for everyone. Some complain that Buddhist meditation is too religious and the others say without the whole package it won’t work. The only answer I have is to keep trying and studying it.

    Does anyone else have an idea?

    QP

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    • Hi QP I definitely will not delete it, you have some really interesting thoughts and I really appreciate your posts. I have just read your post on the 3 schools and found it really informative. I think as you say, Theravada has a definite place still, and I too believe that each school of thought supports the other. I became a Theravada nun for a very short period in Thailand at a Lop Bhuri Monastery. There you can robe for 1 month or 3 months etc so I have first hand experience of this kind of life. The Theravada monks/nuns are mainly only concerned with developing themselves to be spiritually clean if you like. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, and I’m not passing judgement as this is still very much their way. Theravada Buddhism as you know, was called the way of the Elders & Mahayana I believe emerged basically because Theravedan monks started to get bored and realised there were other important things in the world. They began questioning, but the elders believed only one way is possible. That’s when some started to split from the elders to set up new groups (Mahayana)
      Mahayana taught about kindness & compassion to others and how it can ripple out across the world like a stone thrown into water. Mahayana began to teach about developing compassion and getting rid of all the negative poisons that keep us stuck in Samsara. Theraveda school of Buddhism however, still believes it has remained closest to the original teachings of the Buddha, but it doesn’t really over-emphasise the status of these teachings in a fundamentalist way. The Buddha’s teachings are seen more as tools to help people understand the truth, and not as having merit of their own.
      You mention, at the beginning of your Buddhist path, a Theravada practitioner told you that the Vajrayana path you were on did not even exist. I understand what he meant by that and feel it’s true you cannot see the peak of a higher mountain from a peak of a lower mountain. The issue of the Theravada is they were or are hesitant to climb higher and explore other views. Maybe things are progressing now but I still see the Theravada as very old school with little room for flexibility. That’s not to say they don’t have a place, they most definitely have much to contribute still. Julie

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