Astus wrote:seeker242 wrote:What exactly is the "buddha mind"? Does "Buddha mind" have a need to go trudging through past and projecting into the future? Why does the mind go trudging into the past and projecting into the future to begin with? Is it not grasping that causes that very activity to begin with? Why would a mind with no grasping need to conjure up the past or make some ideas about the future?
Buddha-mind is the fundamental knowing awareness that is empty of all substances but full of all functions. Thoughts about past, present and future things are all workings of normal thinking, otherwise one cannot either eat or shit, not to mention more complex deeds. What makes the difference between freedom and bondage is whether there is attachment to reified views about self and objects or not.
I would agree with that but at the same time, someone with a buddha mind does not walk down the street worrying about what will happen or not happen tomorrow or keep carrying yesterday with them. When they are walking down the street, their mind is right there with them, in the "present moment", just walking down the street. That is what "being in the present moment" means. To not be worrying about the future and carrying the past, both of which are clinging and attachment.