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Lions Roar : January 2005
22 SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2005 the self: “I think therefore I am.” There is a traditional Buddhist image that is rele- vant here. Imagine walking into a pottery studio and seeing a spinning potter’s wheel with a half-finished vase turning round on top. Looking at this scene, you would instinctively feel that there must be a potter nearby. This is analogous to observing our thoughts and believing there must be a thinker. Yet if we look, we can’t find any thinker. We don’t see thoughts and something producing thought. We just see more thoughts. If we want to follow the Buddha’s way, we need to investigate our instinctive feel- ings that there is a self. We need to ask, “Who am I? Do I really exist? What do I take to be a self?” Perhaps we may come to the same insight as the Buddha, and that insight will leave us in a very open space. Who knows? (Who is it that knows?) EXERCISE When you contemplate, sit in a relaxed, upright posture and let your mind settle. You can use a meditation technique if you like, but that is not essential. When you feel ready, first contem- plate the way the self appears. Ask yourself: Do I have one self or many? Do I make choices or do decisions just arise in me? Is the self lasting or momentary? What purpose does this self serve? Let your mind settle again. Now contemplate the way the self really is. Ask yourself: Is the self located in my head, my chest, or throughout my body? Is the self red, white, gray or some other color? What shape is the self? You can come back to these con- templations again and again. Sometimes one of the questions might spark some insight, sometimes it might be another. Sometimes nothing will happen. That is the way it is with con- templation.