“Whatever thoughts come along, don’t believe them. One thought of doubt, and instantly the demon Mara enters your head.”
~ The Record of Linji, Chapter XVI
Our thoughts create and shape our world, but Linji here is telling us to not believe them. In fact, he is telling us anything at all that comes along, don’t believe it. All things are without substance.
It is summer, and I have just helped myself to a few scoops of Dad’s Cardamom ice cream, I don’t believe it. Spoonful after spoonful, I know it is without substance. But it is so good. I don’t believe the calories, either.
Let’s not believe ice cream and calories together on Sunday!