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Taming the monkey mind, whether mine or my clients’ – Jim Jarmusch rocks

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Recently, I got further introduced to the concept of the monkey mind, the mind that needs calming rather than jumping all over the place. For me and my clients, the idea is to have a calm and clear mind, not one that jumps all around.

As I further explore this Monkey Mind concept further, I share some of what I have learned thus far:

Wikipedia transliterates Monkey Mind/ as yima/ iba. A native Mandarin speaker pronounced it to me as xima the same day I was reminded of this concept in an article, saying the phrase makes no sense to her. I suppose, then, that one of the two characters means monkey, and the other mind, an that she had never heard the concept of Monkey Mind.

– Here is the full text of the book Taming the Monkey Mind, by Cheng Wei An.

– B.J. Gallagher writes here on the Buddha and the Monkey Mind.

– Here is Monkey Mind software at InnerPeace.org.

Emeritus Chinese language professor David Lattimore (son of Owen Lattimore, who was red-baited by Senator Joseph McCarthey) penned a fascinating book review of Journey to the West, including addressing the Monkey book published by Charles Waley, which Lattimore read again and again. Lattimore’s review might not address the Monkey Mind concept, but is a fascinating door opened to me when I further googled the concept. Here is a page from the 16th Century book Journey to the West, in Chinese.

Jim Jarmusch hits it on the head by saying how fascinating is knowing that so much amazing ideas and artwork remains to be discovered, like, for me, the Monkey Mind concept and David Lattimore’s foregoing review.