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FOCUS ON ALLOWING THE THOUGHTS TO PRESENT THEMSELVES…. As thoughts present, investigate: IS THERE A SOURCE OR PLACE OF THEIR ORIGIN? Do they abide someplace? Do they go somewhere? Relax any effortfulness you notice, TRYING TO ANSWER THE QUESTION – GETTING ANSWERS ISN’T NECESSARY. [Emphasis added]

It gets tricky looking for the source of thoughts. Rinpoche seems to be pointing us toward a ‘space’ from which thoughts emerge… and what does he mean, “Getting answers isn’t necessary?” Normally, when I work with this exercise I’m looking for that space… where is it in my experience? I go searching through my memories of when I saw this space. It’s precisely what I do when I’m looking for answers to questions I might pose. The problem is my memories are largely thoughts, they’re objects I’ve categorized and classified, labeled and evaluated… they’re objects of thought. Thoughts are coming from a space that is not an object, but I unwittingly keep making this source-space a thought-object. I realize thoughts ABOUT the space are NOT that open-source I’m looking for. For this exercise, Space is not a thing, or an object… it’s the present moment experience of openness Rinpoche is really pointing toward.

So how do I ‘answer’ a question where answers aren’t necessary? Is there a source of thoughts? I think it may require a shift from conceptual constructions to FEELING in the open moment. It’s something like when practicing the Giant Body exercise and trying to see the partitioned areas from all sides at once… and you suddenly shift to being open. Another example might be if you’re walking along lost in thoughts, you look up and you are thunderstruck by a magnificent sunset… color and form seem to explode in the heart… the world of thoughts you were lost in simply dissolve in the full-open feel of the moment. Could this openness be the source of thoughts? Constructing the answer isn’t necessary…

About David Filippone

David Filippone has been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space, Knowledge (TSK) vision for over twenty-five years. For the past twelve years, he has studied TSK and Full Presence Mindfulness with Jack Petranker, director of the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI). He also participated in programs offered by Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Center. For the past several years, David has curated the CCI Facebook page, which is often TSK-focused, and he serves on the CCI Board of Directors. The CCI Facebook page can be found at the following link... https://www.facebook.com/CenterforCreativeInquiry/
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