The mind is our working basis for the practice of meditation and the development of awareness. Mind also includes what are known as emotions, which are the highlights of mental states. Mind cannot exist without emotions. Daydreaming and discursive thoughts are not enough. Those alone would be too boring. The dualistic trick would wear too thin. So we tend to create waves of emotion that go up and down: passion, aggression, ignorance, pride — all kinds of emotions.
From “Mind: The Open Secret,” in The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology, page 65.
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