What view of the world should one have|
So as not to be seen by the King of Death?
View the world, Mogharaja, as empty, always mindful;
|Snp 5.15 "Mogharaja's Question"|
from The Way to the Far Shore
Unicorns Never Die. That's because they are imaginary. The Self is imaginary. If one can stop imagining a Self, one realizes the Deathless. The Self is generated via the Default Mode Network (DMN). The key to waking up (i.e. realizing the Deathless) is to wire up a different default than the DMN.
Concentration practice stops DMN activity. Mindfulness (present moment awareness) replaces DMN activity. Mindfulness needs to be wired up as the new default. Training in these two is the key to Awakening; everything else is (necessary) supporting activity.
[Actually the role of concentration is more complex than outlined above. Concentration can divert the whole river down the PMA channel - but not at the point of Nothing-To-Do; it diverts it further upstream at the point of Do-Concentration. But even after that sluice is closed, the volume of the flow is reduced enough that the whole flow can continue down the PMA channel at the point of Nothing-To-Do, at least for a little while until the flow increases. This is the time to throw those insight boulders in the DMN channel.]
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