69. To stop you have to know how

A meditator once said to Luang Pu, “I’ve been trying to stop thinking in line with what you’ve taught, but I’ve never been able to succeed. What’s worse is that I’ve gotten frustrated and my brain seems dazed. I’m convinced, though, that what you’ve taught isn’t wrong, so I’d like to ask for some advice on what to do next.”

Luang Pu responded,

“That shows that you’ve missed the point. You’re told to stop thinking, but all you do is think about stopping your thinking, so how can the actual stopping come about? Get rid of all your ignorance about stopping to think. Abandon your thoughts about stopping your thinking, and that’ll be the end of the matter.”