three mistaken perception

three mistaken perception

Like for instance we look at our hand. We look at our hand. And every time we look at our hand and we talk about and think about our hand we have three mistaken perception. The first, we think this hand is the same hand I had yesterday. Isn’t it? The same hand. That is a mistake. That means that you are saying that the hand is permanent. Yesterday’s hand and today’s hand is same. That is what we think. You got it? That is a big mistake. That is not true. Yesterday’s hand is gone. Today’s hand is new. And after in about twenty years your hand is going to even look different. Have more wrinkles, less hair or more hair, I don’t know. It has to change. If we have the same hand then imagine when you are fifty and you still have a babies hand. It won’t even look nice. Every time the hand is changing, changing, changing. But we don’t see that. We think it is the same hand. That is one mistaken perception. Another mistaken perception is, we think, if we look at our hand, we look at it as a whole. We don’t see it as in parts. We don’t see it as skin, blood, vain. When we say let me shake your hand, we never say. Can I shake your bones and skins and your hair. We don’t say like that. So we have created this perception called a hand. And then some people are so proud that the have shaken hand with George Bush or Osama Bin Ladin or whatever, you understand. Hand also has many different kind of hands you know. This is a very ordinary hand like you know, pathetic, ordinary hand but Osama Bin Ladin’s hand, oh that is a very special. Dalai Lama’s hand, Mother Theresa’s hand, celebrity, Brad Pitt’s hand, wow that is even better isn’t it. Brad Pitt’s hand it the best. And maybe Catherine Zeta Jones, ah that’s the best. So we have this kind of misconception, I mean misinterpretation, misperception. That is a perception. Another problem we make is we forget that hand is dependent nature. The very movement of the hand, the existence of the hand, the liveliness of the hand, all depends on food, elements. So many many different factors. This we keep on forgetting. So this is how we perceive things, all the time, always always making – I am only using the hand as an example. Use it in all our matter. Relationship, okay. You have a boy friend, you have a girlfriend. When you look at your boyfriend, you make three mistakes again.

The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003