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Covid–19 and the Color Red: On Contemplative Mind - 4 comments

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by John McQuade

During this period of the covid-19 event , with its emphasis on social isolation, I have engaged more than usual the contemplative practices of Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography. Through these practices, I realize that contemplative mind is completely free of covid-19 and more decisively free of the covid-19 mind-set.

The mind-set of covid- 19 tends to be the mind-set of suffering in various ways and degrees: from the actual contracting of the disease and its consequences for oneself and others to the degrees of fear and anxiety at personal and social registers: concerns about health, finances and what the future may hold. Conversely these very challenges , difficulties and fears are intensified conditions for the manifest of noble qualities of courage and perseverance.

Contemplative practice is in large measure an engagement of harmonization and enriching presence. It works to harmonize the distinction between the perceiver and the perceived. In speaking of contemplative mind we prefer the word harmony rather than “ peace”. The word “peace” can suggest a substantive state of mind – tranquil and free of struggle – that is somehow separate and special. The orientation to “free of struggle” is accurate but the notion of “ another state of mind” can be misleading. For the contemplatives the distinction is between struggle and harmonization which more fundamentally is based on the dualism or non-dualism of the perceiver and perceived. This distinction is very subtle : there cannot be the distinction between dualism and non-dualism since that itself would be a dualistic distinction. It is not a matter of dissolve to some kind of Whole. It is as the Zen’s say “not-two”. A harmonization and intimacy. Continue…

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