Right before the pandemic, I visited a Buddhist temple near my place to join a meditation class, where a very kind monk introduced us to a concept: the monkey mind. The 1675 Man'an kana hōgo 卍庵仮名法語, which was a vernacular collection of Zen sermons, first used shin'en'iba 意馬心猿. 1989. Practice Deep Breathing. The earliest known usages of relevant "mind-monkey" terminology are shown in the table below. In English-language publishing, fewer books are titled with "mind monkey", such as Master the Mind Monkey (Patkar 2007), than "monkey mind". Question: anyone know what the title of that book was that was being promoted on the ONE SHOW a few night ago. Other techniques that can be used to harmonise with your monkey include moving meditations such as Qigong, Yoga and Tai Chi. I was indolent with happiness and enjoyed lust, was pleased with rewards and forgot toil.". This might sound like it might be fun, but in our troubled human way the thoughts that are often in our minds are concerned with the fears and pressures of life: What will happen if I lose my job? Cleary 1987:118), Cleary (1987:198) glosses xinyuan as "the unruly mind, jumping from one object to another. Monkey mind or mind monkey, from Chinese xinyuan and Sino-Japanese shin'en 心猿 [lit. When one breathes in and out, one's concentration causes the generative force to rise and fall (in the microcosmic orbit) thus slowly turning the wheel of the law. No don’t do it Eliot it’s much more fun on the outside. "Suen Wu-kung = Hanumat? The 3rd edition (1954) included a literal translation "wild horses of passions and flighty monkeys of desires", but this was omitted from the 4th (1974) and 5th (2003, which added the definite article "the"). The endorphin rush of physical exercise such as running similarly quietens the Monkey Mind. Fight Loneliness by Listening To The Intimacy Connecting You With Others. When we give our attention to too many things at once, spend our lives rushing from one appointment to another and focus on what we are yet to do instead of what we are currently doing, these are like dozens of trees with enticing fruit for our monkey to chase. He’s useful in that in our busy lives he keeps on top of things. Something like it. "monkey imitation"] "copycat; superficial imitation", and English monkey see, monkey do or to ape). "For this reason, even if you reside somewhere with remote mountain streams and desolate tranquillity, and sit in silent contemplation, you will only be passing idle time because you are isolated from the road of the mind-monkey and idea-horse." I have another post that recommends something similar, as a way to empty your mind on paper. Yu 1977:168), Many Xiyouji scholars allegorically interpret xinyuan "heart-/mind-monkey" as the protagonist monkey-man Sun Wukong and yima "idea-/will-horse" as the dragon prince White Horse that enters the story in chapter 15. (tr. The Progress of a Scholarly Debate,", Rosenthal, Franz. The 1075 CE Wuzhen pian, which is a Daoist classic on Neidan-style internal alchemy, used xinyuan "mind-monkey" without "horse". 2000. Unless otherwise noted, translations are by Carr (1993:154-159). All 9 Japanese–English dictionaries mention "passion" or "passions." A revered myth proclaimed him a relative of the dragon, akin to the mysterious powers of water. Your email address will not be published. Finally, there is serious investigation occurring into Brainwave Entrainment, which has been asserted to tune our brainwaves into the states usually achieved through long hours of meditation practice. In Chinese astrology, wu 午 "Horse" and shen 申 "Monkey" are the 7th and 9th of the 12 zodiacal animals. Chinese authors coined "mind monkey" expressions from the Later Qin Dynasty (384-417 CE) through the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE). 【意馬心猿】 his will is like a horse's, and his heart like an ape's; inconstant and strong (, 【心猿意馬】 gibbon heart and horse ideas, – unsettled and wandering (, 【心猿意馬】 irresolute; vacillating; fluctuating ... Inconstant; fickle in the mind (, 【意馬心猿】 Unsettled in mind; fluctuating; wavering in purpose (, 【意馬心猿】The intents of the mind and heart are like the horse and ape – very difficult to bring under control; undecided (, 【心猿意馬】 the intents of the mind and heart are like the horse and the ape – very difficult to bring under control; undecided (, 【心猿意馬】 cannot make up one's mind; indecision; procrastination (, 【心猿意馬】 prone to outside attractions, temptations; in a restless and jumpy mood (, 【心猿意馬】 restless and whimsical; fanciful and fickle; capricious (, 【心猿意馬】 in a restless and jumpy mood / capricious (, 【心猿意馬】 restless and whimsical; fanciful and fickle; capricious; when one meant gibbon, he thinks of a horse (, 【心猿意馬】 ① capricious; restless ② indecisive (, 【意馬心猿】Passions hard of control; uncontrollable passions (, 【意馬心猿】Clamorous demands of passion; [uncontrollable] passions (, 【意馬心猿】 clamorous demands of passion; [uncontrollable] passions; wild horses of passions and flighty monkeys of desires (, 【意馬心猿】 clamorous demands of passion; (uncontrollable) passions (, 【意馬心猿】 the clamorous demands of passion; (uncontrollable) passions (, Carr, Michael. In Rink Hijinks, there was a picture of him in a crane mac… (Luk 1990:48), The Japanese kanji 猿 is pronounced as Sino-Japanese en < yuan or native saru "monkey", especially the indigenous "Japanese macaque, Macaca fuscata". As yet, I neither poled across myriad leagues of waves on the Coast Road, nor roughly rode the idea-horse to urge it on through clouds of the distant mountain barrier. Buddha taught that all things are impermanent, including our individual selves and our shared world. In Japanese Shinto tradition, the monkey deity Sarutahiko was a divine messenger. This voice inside of our head that is always speaking to us, and guiding our future can only be silenced through meditation. Dudbridge (1970:168) explains how "the random, uncontrollable movements of the monkey symbolise the waywardness of the native human mind before it achieves a composure which only Buddhist discipline can effect." (Skt. This is the well-known phenomenon of our mind moving from one thing to another, like a monkey going from tree to tree, grabbing a banana, taking a bite, dropping it, and moving to the next tree. "heart-/mind-monkey"], is a Buddhist term meaning "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable". "Ape mind, monkey mind,", This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 07:42. Examples of "mind monkey" are predictably common in Chinese popular culture. I logged on to find out about the monkey mind. "Mind-monkey" 心猿 is an exemplary animal metaphor. Writer and Buddhist Natalie … By remaining mindful of the object, the monkey mind stops jumping all over the place. I have been suffering for so so so long and this has calmed me in a weird way and having this understanding along with other treatment I think is going to be amazing. Without mindfulness, our minds are like a dancing monkey that keeps jumping up and down, out of control. What is clear is despite our technological achievements we have yet to master being in the world. “heart-/mind-monkey”], is a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”. The problem is, you cannot fight the Monkey or castigate it into submission. In Chinese Buddhism and Japanese Buddhism, xin/shin 心 "heart; mind" generally translates Sanskrit citta "the mind; state of mind; consciousness" and yi/i 意 translates Sanskrit manas "the mental organ; deliberation". In Chinese mythology, yuan "gibbons" were supposedly long-lived because they could yinqi 引氣 ["pull qi"] "absorb life-force", which is a daoyin 導引 ["guiding and pulling"] "Daoist gymnastic technique". Six of these 11 Chinese–English dictionaries enter only the common xinyuanyima "mind-monkey idea-horse," 2 only the reverse yimaxinyuan, and 3 enter both. It is "imagistically proper" for Sun to be a monkey, says Mair (1989:662), because "Zen thought symbolizes the restless and unbridled mind of man as an "ape/monkey-mind" 心猿.". I wonder if my partner might be unhappy with our relationship? Here Chod meditators play the Chod double-headed drum and chant. There naturally is a crucible to cook the dragon and tiger; Why is it necessary to support a household and be attached to spouse and children? Some Buddhist authors have used 心 and 意 interchangeably for "mind; cognition; thought". Get updates from Monkey Mind delivered straight to your inbox. By sitting simply, being present, following our breath, and labeling our thoughts, we entice the monkey to come down from the trees and rest. "picture horse"] "votive tablets"'. Another passage used shinba 心馬 "heart/mind horse" and isha 意車 "idea-chariot": "Whip the mind-horse to gallop off in the eight directions, grease the idea chariot and gambol within the nine heavens. For instance, Sam yuen yi ma 心猿意馬 – the Cantonese pronunciation of Xinyuanyima "mind-monkey will-horse" – was a 1999 Hong Kong movie (known in English as "The Accident") by Stanley Kwan. Such an amazing visual and way of understanding things. "heart-/mind-monkey"], is a Buddhist term meaning "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable". One used i'en 意猿 "idea/will monkey" with the common word nouma 野馬 "wild horse": "The four great difficulties overexcite the wild horse's fast gallop, the twenty-six contributory causes mislead the plans of the idea-monkey." ", The c. 1200 Nan Tang shu 南唐書 "History of the Southern Tang" used the simile yi ru ma xin ru nao 意如馬心如猱 "ideas like a horse and mind like a gibbon/monkey".  Note that much of the following summarizes Carr (1993). It’s a good idea. The way the Buddha taught was to look at it as a mind, opposed to different types. Other common Chinese "monkey" names include feifei 狒狒 "hamadryas baboon, Papio hamadryas", hou 猴 "monkey; ape", and mihou 獼猴 (muhou 母猴) or husun 猢猻 "rhesus macaque, rhesus monkey, Macaca mulatta", Victor H. Mair (1990:36) reconstructs Old Sinitic *mug-gug, which "probably ultimately derives from the same African word as English 'macaque'" and is reminiscent of Sanskrit "maraṭāsana ('monkey posture')" (see Hanumanasana). In the present day, houquan 猴拳 ["monkey fist/boxing"] "Monkey Kung Fu" is a Chinese martial arts style and xinyuanyima "mind-monkey will-horse" is a Daoist breath meditation technique. So if this pine tree is the pole of Absolute Reality, then these two prisoners are a greedy monkey – no, a cat – and a horse running wild; and they are just like the idea-horse and mind-monkey.". The Genkyū hōgo 元久法語 "Genkyū era (1204–1206) Buddhist Sermons" is a collection of writings by Hōnen, the founder of the Jōdo Shū. "Since the mind of one difficult to convert is like an ape, govern his mind by using certain methods and it can then be broken in" (tr. This analogy, slightly humorous though it may be, is actually quite salient. With the noise of this monkey going on, it becomes near on impossible to be present and focused on the moment we are in. One of the 2nd-century BCE Mawangdui Silk Texts depicts 28 Daoist gymnastic exercises, many of which are named after animals, including number 22 muhou "macaque". Meditation is a vehicle to tame monkey mind. The problem occurs when, like all small monkeys with lots of things to do, he’s quite excitable. Some figures of speech are cross-linguistically common, verging upon linguistic universals; many languages use "monkey" or "ape" words to mean "mimic", for instance, Italian scimmiottare "to mock; to mimic" < scimmia "monkey; ape", Japanese sarumane 猿真似 [lit. Unless otherwise noted, translations are by Carr (1993:159-161). The Daci'ensi sanzang fashizhuan 大慈恩寺三藏法師傳 "Biography of the Tripitaka Dharma Master of the Temple of Great Compassionate Blessings" is a biography of Xuanzang (see the Xiyouji below) written by his disciple Kuiji (or Ci'en, the namesake temple in Luoyang, see Emperor Gaozong of Tang). Buddhist Vajrayana meditation often includes sounds, actions, repetitive mantras — all very powerful ways to “empty” the mind and “non focus” the monkey mind. You might imagine that each thought is a branch, and you, or at least the attention of your conscious mind, is indeed a monkey, swinging from thought-branch to thought-branch all day long. The Buddha coined the term ‘kapacitta’ to describe this restless, agitated, incessant movement of the mind. Monkey mind or mind monkey, from Chinese xinyuan and Sino-Japanese shin'en 心猿 [lit. Silencing our Monkey Mind should be the goal for all of us. (1963:59). 400) records the "custom of keeping a female monkey in the horse's stable to ward off sickness (the menstrual discharge of the monkey is said to give immunity to the horse against infectious diseases)". Also, send me the Buddhist Newsletter. The positive qualities of a monkey are intelligence, compassion and understanding. This is the oposite of journaling for the sakes of leaving behind of memoir of your life. What if I don’t have enough money when I retire? He said, “Just as a monkey swinging through the trees grabs one branch and lets it go to seize another, so too, that which is called thought, mind or consciousness arises and disappears continually both day and night.” Two passages introduced Japanese "mind-monkey" and "will-horse" neologisms. Thoroughly understanding the mind-monkey, the machinations in the heart, by three thousand achievements one becomes a peer of heaven. The c. 406 Weimojie suoshuo jing 維摩詰所說經 was Kumarajiva's groundbreaking CE Chinese translation of the Vimalakirti Sutra. MONKEY MIND, THE The monkey mind (kapicitta) is a term sometimes used by the Buddha to describe the agitated, easily distracted and incessantly moving behaviour of ordinary human consciousness (Ja.III,148; V,445). Consider that we humans have around fifty thousand separate thoughts each day, many of them on the same topic. Note how Saito's "uncontrollable passions" first appeared in 1930 and was copied into 6 other dictionaries. Buddha: How To Tame Your Monkey Mind Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. In Southeast Asia, there is an old technique for capturing monkeys using a coconut. When the heart and breathing are in unison, this is called locking up the monkey heart and tying up the running horse of intellect. Other animal metaphors have culture-specific meanings; compare English chickenhearted "cowardly; timid'; easily frightened" and Chinese jixin 雞心 [lit. But all symbols have positive elements as well as negative. If you become distracted, simply bring your mind back to the object. Buddha was critical of the Hindu idea of the atman and the caste system, even though Hinduism recognizes the… "Mad Melancholy Monkey Mind" is a band. Give the monkey mind the job of remaining mindful of the object of your meditation. The preeminent translator Anthony C. Yu (1977:59) describes controlling the mind-monkey and will-horse as "a theme central to the entire narrative and which receives repeated and varied developments." The c. 1590 Xiyouji 西遊記 "Journey to the West" (or "Monkey") popularized "mind-monkey" more than any other text. Three translation equivalents give English "ape" rather than "gibbon" or "monkey" for yuan 猿, and "ape" sounds metaphorically stronger than "monkey." adapted from Carr 1993:159) uses iba with shin'en: "When you wish to enter the gate of determined goodness, then your idea-horse runs wild within the bounds of the six sense objects [rokujin 六塵 < Ayatana: "form, sound, smell, taste, tangibility, and dharma"]. Poignant and entertaining, The Monkey Is the Messenger offers a range of evidence-based, somatic, and trauma-informed insights and practices drawn from De La Rosa’s study of neuroscience and psychology and his long practice of meditation and yoga. Chimp Paradox for children. The psychological components of the "mind-monkey will-horse" metaphor are Chinese xin or Sino-Japanese shin or kokoro 心 "heart; mind; feelings, affections; center" and yi or i 意 'thought, idea; opinion, sentiment; will, wish; meaning'. The Monkey Mind is a very interesting concept in Buddhist teachings. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Japanese Buddhist monks not only imported Sino-Japanese vocabulary such as shin'en < xinyuan 心猿 "mind-monkey" and iba < yima 意馬 "idea-horse", but also invented analogous Japanese words like i'en 意猿 "idea-monkey" and shinba 心馬 "mind-horse". I’m glad the post resonated with you. Mind is a monkey – this, the truth profound. His Shuixuanshi 睡軒詩 "Sleeping Porch Poem" says: "Haste is useless with the idea-horse and mind-monkey, so take off your baggage someplace deep within dreamland. "The Monkey Hero in the, Creel, H. G. 1965. a pleasant form to the eye). Establish a Journaling Practice. The "mental-monkey" choice of words aptly reflects restlessness, curiosity, and mimicry associated with this animal. Amazing! Rosenthal (1989:361) says a proverb's success "'depends on certain imponderables," particularly rhythm and phrasing. Seemed to be putting the Monkeys of the mind into the context of Child Rearing. Use the Breath. Chinese ma 馬 "horse", which was the linguistic source for Sino-Japanese ba or ma 馬 "horse", originally referred to Przewalski's horse and later the Mongolian horse, Ferghana horse, etc. Buddhist Monkey has appeared in three other episodes. We’ve all had days where it feels like we’ve achieved nothing and there’s a mountain to climb tomorrow, and yet we can’t relax. Horses were considered divine animals in both China (see Creel 1968) and Japan. Silencing our Monkey Mind should be the goal for all of us. Buddhists call this the “monkey mind.” The monkey appears in many forms; sounds, thoughts, cravings, restlessness, fear etc. Qigong is a Chinese holistic wellness practice that has many devoted followers across its traditional … In addition to Buddhist writings, including Chan or Zen, Consciousness-only, Pure Land, and Shingon, this "mind-monkey" psychological metaphor was adopted in Taoism, Neo-Confucianism, poetry, drama, and literature. Michael Carr concludes, Xinyuan-yima 心猿意馬 "monkey of the heart/mind and horse of the ideas/will" has been a successful metaphor. The goal is to export some of the spam that keeps taking up your bandwidth. (tr. How infuriating and exhausting it becomes. In accordance with the ethos of maintaining physical health to attune mental health, we should also eschew stimulants, food that is high in refined sugar, and alcohol. This Chinese character 心 was graphically simplified from an original pictogram of a heart, and 意 "thought; think" is an ideogram combining 心 under yin 音 "sound; tone; voice" denoting "sound in the mind; thought; idea". So thank you so much. Your email address will not be published. Under the conscious spark of awareness, we are accompanied by the ego – the chattering monkey of our internal monologue. What began 1500 years ago as a Buddhist import evolved into a standard Chinese and Japanese literary phrase. This voice inside of our head that is always speaking to us, and guiding our future can only be silenced through meditation. The originally Buddhist "mind monkey" metaphor is also known in popular English-language music. A Zen student and teacher for nearly fifty years, James was a ... Get updates from Monkey Mind delivered straight to your inbox. This is similar to the point above, but it’s more deliberate. (1993:166). "Taming" is common among Taming the Monkey Mind (Chodron 1999), Taming the Monkey Mind; A Guide to Pure Land Practice (Cheng 2000), and Taming Our Monkey Mind: Insight, Detachment, Identity (Krystal 2007). ", During the Kamakura period (1185–1333 CE), Pure Land Buddhism introduced the Sino-Japanese terms shin'en 心猿 "mind-monkey" and iba 意馬 "idea-horse", and an early travelogue popularized them. Of the two animals in this metaphor, the "monkey" phrase was stronger than the "horse" because xinyuan "mind-monkey" was occasionally used alone (e.g., Wuzhenpian) and it had more viable variants (e.g., qingyuan 情猿 "emotion-monkey" in Ci'en zhuan). Indeed, all wonderful horses, such as the steed of the pious Hsüan-tsang which, in later legend [see the Xiyouji below], carried the sacred scriptures from India, were avatars of dragons, and in antiquity the tallest horses owned by the Chinese were called simply "dragons." This second list (expanded from Carr 1993:179, Table 7 Japanese-English Translation Equivalents) compares how 9 bilingual Japanese dictionaries translate ibashin'en 意馬心猿, none enters shin'en'iba 心猿意馬. The Bencao Gangmu (tr. The Mengyu chanhui shi 蒙預懺悔詩 "Poem Repenting Foolish Pleasure" is attributed to Emperor Jianwen of Liang (503-550 CE), who was a renowned author. This is your mind – the monkey mind Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney (1987:41) contrasts how, "in earlier periods the dominant meaning of the monkey was that of mediator between deities and humans. When stressed, lost in a problem of the future or past in your mind, breathe … This being a very very personal writing exercise you could try using something like a traveler’s notebook. By … Chinese yuan 猿 (yuan 猨 or nao 猱) originally meant the "agile gibbon, black-handed gibbon, Hylobates agilis" but now generally means "ape; monkey" (e.g., yuanren 猿人 ["ape-man"] "Homo erectus; anthropoid apes'"). This will interrupt the habit of following after every thought and emotion that rises in your mind. This sculpture was hand built out of recycled stoneware clay, and many layers of… Glad to know I was on the right track. The Horse works with the Monkey – and this means both Mind and Will, Must firmly be harnessed and not ruled without. 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