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The Mind Only school

Mind Only is the name of the institute for Buddhist psychology founded by Cuong Lu.

Mind Only is a term that originated in the 4th century. In Sanskrit it is called "Vijnana-matra". "Vijnana" means consciousness and "matra" means only. It means: everything is a manifestation of your consciousness (mind). Everything is your consciousness. From the start, Buddhism has been able to discover many deep insights that are important to our happiness and freedom, by studying and understanding the actions of consciousness.

Mind Only offers courses, coaching, retreats and lectures to teach us to apply Buddhist philosophy, psychology and mindfulness in our lives. These activities are a continuation of the minds of three great Buddhist masters: Nagarjuna (2nd century), Vasubandhu (4th century) and Thich Nhat Hanh (21st century).

Nagarjuna is the founder of Buddhist philosophy, He was a master in transcending duality. Non-duality will be able to understand Emptiness (Sunyata) or Extinction (Nirvana). This is one of the key components of the teaching of Cuong Lu. His Dharma friends see him as the master of non-duality. Cuong Lu is the continuator of Nagarjuna in Buddhist philosophy.

Vasubandhu is the founder of Buddhist psychology. Together with his brother Asanga, he gave a clear explanation of the actions of consciousness. Especially their explanation of 7th consciousness (manas) and 8th consciousness (alaya-vijnana) has revolutionary value in Buddhism. Vasubandhu has shown us that everything is a projection of our consciousness. Everything is consciousness. By recognition of consciousness in that way, access to deep insights (Prajna) is possible. This is very realistic for people who use his education as a guide/map. Cuong Lu continues to work on Buddhist psychology, with many new discoveries about consciousness.

Thich Nhat Hanh is the founder of mindfulness, as we know it in the West. Mindfulness is built on the basis of the Engaged Buddhism of Tran Nhan Tong (14th century). As a king, Tran Nhan Tong has helped his people twice to stay independent by successfully opposing the powerful Mongolian army. Afterwards, he gave up the throne to his son and became a simple monk who succeeded in uniting all the Buddhist traditions of his country. The softness and engaged character of this tradition is very recognizable in the way in which Thich Nhat Hanh brought mindfulness to the West. Cuong Lu is the successor of Thich Nhat Hanh in his engaged way of teaching.

Cuong Lu uses Vasubandhu's psychological map and unites it with Nagarjuna's philosophy. From his background in mindfulness, Cuong Lu knows how to guide every student in a very practical way and teaches them to follow their own insight in daily life.