Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds. ~ Bud… tmblr.co/Zgqa1xRKUy2z
— My Yoga On (@myyogaon) August 13, 2012
This one was passed on to me by Shira, who is on Tumblr. Does that make her a “Tumblrer”?
She was rightly suspicious, and wrote:
The first half reminds me of the Dhammapada (“Mind precedes all things” … at least in some translations.) The second half is wackville though, and I’m pretty sure the Buddha didn’t say it.
“Wackville” just about summed this one up. I’ve also found it on Twitter, incidentally.
It didn’t take me long to track this down to page 350 of a Taiwanese publication called “The Collected Works of Venerable Master Chin Kung.”
As I said to Shira, Venerable Master Chin Kung‘s line of thought (and I’ve only seen a snippet in Google, so I may be misinterpreting) finds a home in Tibetan Buddhism as well. One of the worst books on Buddhism I’ve ever read was Geshe Michael Roach’s “The Diamond Cutter,” in which he argues that the pollution we see in the outside world, from cars and factories, doesn’t have an objective existence. Rather, we merely perceive pollution because our minds are contaminated by dirty (by which he meant sexual) thoughts. I thought, “This guy is off his trolley!”