Chapter 17: No-Mind Is Emptiness and Fullness Together
Once you described your work as a search for the psychology of the buddhas. You explained that Freud established only a psychology of pathology. Then came Maslov, Janov, Assagioli, Perls and the people who elaborated on the psychology of health.
You added that your work was going further - trying to establish a psychology of the awakened one, a psychology of the buddhas. You said that you were studying us in order to find out which are the difficulties that a seeker finds on the path towards the realization of the self, towards his own awakening.
Now, you’ve been studying us for fifteen years, and I would like you to give us some hints on what you find in your living experiment.
The first thing: all the psychologies are of the mind. The psychology of the Buddhas will be of the no-mind. It is going to be diametrically opposite to the ordinary psychologies in every aspect, in every direction, because it is a totally new dimension - never touched before, never even thought about before.
It is easy to study the mind. It is very difficult, almost impossible, to study the no-mind.
The no-mind reminds me of a modern painting.
One modern painter was exhibiting his works of art. A man was standing before a painting for almost half an hour. The painter was moving around the exhibition, explaining to people when they had any questions about a painting.
This man was absolutely absorbed by the painting, and the painter came many times, but felt it was not right to disturb him. But finally he had to, because the painting was nothing but an empty canvas. He asked the man, “Are you interested in the painting?”
The man said, “I am certainly interested, because I am wondering, where is the painting? It is an empty canvas, but if it is being exhibited there must be a painting, somewhere, in some way. Are you the painter?”
The man said, “Yes, I am the painter and I am here to explain it to you: this is a painting of a cow eating grass.”
There was no cow and there was no grass. The man said, “But I don’t see the cow.”
The painter said, “She has eaten and gone home.”
The man said, “But I don’t even see the grass!”
The painter said, “The cow has eaten the grass and gone home, so there is no cow and no grass. That’s why I have left the canvas empty.”
The study of no-mind is just the study of an empty canvas. The thoughts are gone, the emotions are gone, the sentiments are gone, the moods are gone. Nothing is left except a pure, empty space.
So we have to study this empty space in a different way than we study the ordinary mind - because the ordinary mind has contents, and this empty space has no content.
It has a certain quality, but it has no content. It has a certain fragrance, but it has no content. There is nothing objective; it is pure subjectivity.
All scientific studies are objective; they need something to study. In this empty space there is no object; you don’t have anything to study. So a new dimension has to be explored with totally different approaches.