But what is dark mind?
Dark mind refers to a mind that is unclear or has uncertainty about the afterlife.
Death casts a shadow over our entire life. Because we can't see through the darkness beyond our own death, doubt toward the unknown future keeps us suffering from deep within.
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Though our death is 100% guaranteed, not so many people think about it for too long. It's really something nobody ever wants to even think about at all. We're just overly obsessed with daily life such as studying, working, or having fun.
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We are firmly assuming that death is an event too far away in the future and nothing really to worry about right now.
But even if we try to imagine what the experience of death will be, we cannot grasp at what it truly is. While we're alive, death is impossible for our minds to visualize. It would only be our imagination at work.
This is because our perception of death and the reality of death are totally different.
Imagine a deadly predator from the animal kingdom like a tiger or a shark...
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...or seeing a shark from behind the glass of an aquarium.
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...or encountering the shark's sharp teeth while swimming in the ocean.
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A person who was been burned does not say they believe fire is hot. They know it from experience. If one day you believe you are going to heaven but the next day you are not so sure, this demonstrates a belief. In Buddhism, true faith comes from knowing.
Sakyamuni Buddha taught that the root cause of our suffering is having to leave behind everything in this world at death and still not knowing for sure where we go in the afterlife.
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or worry about the outcome of the test.
What if you had to undergo a major surgery in five days?
What would go through your mind?
or uncertainty toward the outcome of your procedure.
When the future is dark, the present moment becomes dark as well.
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This metaphor reflects our own present uneasiness and uncertainty while living toward an afterlife that's covered in darkness.