| Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary Retreat 2008 Opening Instructions (59:05-1:00:00)

We use this term wandering mind. Does the mind wander away? Does it actually wander away? Has the mind really gone far away?

If you think this mind has gone somewhere else, that is wrong understanding. The mind’s nature is only to arise and pass away; the mind is not able to wander anywhere.

The mind arises here and disappears right away, right here. If you have this right view, do we need to think that we need to bring our mind back from somewhere? No.

When we have the wrong idea – we think the mind can wander away – then we do the wrong practice; we try to bring it back using unnecessary energy.

All we have to do is recognize, recognize that the mind is thinking; that’s all.