Finding the Mind
A Buddhist View
‘Here am I, in this body I call my own, among millions that are mysteriously other. What’s going on?’ You may have asked this, or something like it, at some point in your life. How can you find the answer?
Buddhism points to your own mind as a way to understand and transform your experience. But, as Robin Cooper explains, it takes an exploratory approach, it asks you to seek: it is not a revelation of religious truths.
The Buddha saw that we are all in a tough predicament. We are constantly anxious about what we lack and what we may lose, and in chasing security we easily cause pain to others. But the Buddha did not offer to save us through faith in his truth. Instead, he asked us to explore. Be aware, probe the edges of your awareness, investigate, and find your mind.
Whilst studying physics and the history of science Robin Cooper discovered Buddhist meditation. He curtailed his career in science to train for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order, where he was given the name Ratnaprabha. He is currently director of the West London Buddhist Centre.