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In This Interview, Culadasa and I Discuss…
- His book, The Mind Illuminated
- How the mind and the brain works
- The basic distinction between attention and awareness
- How when we give labels to something we can know and understand it better
- The moments of consciousness model
- Non-perceiving moments of consciousness
- The dullness of meditation
- Sleepiness in meditation
- The goal of vipassana is to increase the total power of our cognitive abilities
- The mind system model (how the mind works)
- The conscious and unconscious mind
- Sensory sub-mind (taking in info through senses)
- Discriminating sub-mind (cognitive thinking/feeling)
- These sub-minds are competing for attention
- The conscious mind is a place that the sub-minds project into
- The power of setting intentions on the sub-minds
- The role of the narrating sub-mind
- We are a collection of the processes of the sub-minds
- Making intellectual sense of the experience of not-self
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs