The One Open Door Podcast

Is Conditioned Mind a Real Thing?

July 25, 2021 David J McKay
The One Open Door Podcast
Is Conditioned Mind a Real Thing?
Show Notes

In our practice we often talk about conditioned mind (the set of unconscious processes that create and maintain the illusion of a "self" that is separate from Life) in a way that implies it has real agency. We'll say stuff like "conditioned mind wants this" or "conditioned mind is doing that", as if it has actual  intelligence, an independent will, and the desire to cause us suffering in a myriad of ways. People sometimes balk at that sort of language, and they ask me if I actually see conditioned mind as a real thing, as a real entity that is living inside our minds. I made this podcast in order to explore that question. The answer, I'll tell you now, is "yes" and "no"--it depends upon the place you're looking from. Check out this podcast for more. 

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David McKay entered a Zen Buddhist monastery at the age of twenty-nine and spent the next eighteen years training there in silence. Over time he became a skilled facilitator and counselor, offering retreats and workshops at the monastery and across the country. David left the monastery in the fall of 2014 to further explore life and spiritual practice back in the world. He currently supports awareness and personal transformation in the form of retreats, workshops, and one-on-one spiritual mentoring.