The practice of meditation is not an exercise in analysis or reasoning. The sword of logic has no
place in the practices of awareness, concentration, and understanding, and those of stopping
and looking. In Vietnam, when we cook a pot of dried corn, we concentrate the fire under the pot and
several hours later the kernels come loose and split open. When the sun's rays beat down on the snow,
the snow slowly melts. When a hen sits on her eggs, the chicks inside gradually take form
until they are ready to peck their way out. These are images which illustrate the effect of
The aim of this practice is to see the true face of reality, which is mind and mind-object. When we speak of mind and of the outside world, we immediately are caught in a dualistic conception of the universe. If we use the words mind and mind-object, we can avoid the damage done by the sword of coneptualized discrimination. The effect of meditation is like the fire under the pot, the sun's rays on the snow, and the hen's warmth on her eggs. In these three cases, there is no attempt at reasoning or analysis, just patient and continuous concentration. We can allow the truth to appear, but we cannot describe it using math, geometry, philosophy, or any other image of our intellect.