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Published on Apr 15, 2014
Āloka David Smith ‘The Awakened Mind Is Born’ Interview by Iain McNay Practicing Buddhist for 40 years who began training with Zen, practicing with the Venerable Myokyo-ni, at the Buddhist Society in London for 5 years. He then travelled to Sri Lanka in 1980 where he lived for three years as a Theravada monk. While there his spiritual breakthrough took place and it is that, that formed the framework of his first book, 'A Record of Awakening.' He then returned to London and matured by living on his own for a number of years. He has written 4 further books, 'Dharma Mind Worldly Mind' 'A Question of Dharma' 'The Five Pillars of Transformation' and 'Blue Sky, White Cloud.' 'At the moment of 'coming back to life' after awakening the 'awakened Mind is born'. Before awaking there is only the ordinary mind, a mind that is always deluded. After years of practice this mind develops wisdom into the nature of itself and becomes more and more refined in that respect until it finally reaches the point where it cannot know any more about itself and falls into equanimity. There is a popular misconception that with awakening the everyday ignorant mind is swept away leaving just the pure wisdom of enlightenment. There remains a paradox which many find hard to accept, the transcendental is awakened but shortly after that, the small mind comes back with all its ignorance and power - everyday living doesn't change much at all. The practice that takes place afterward, the 'breakthrough' is precisely about these two.'