We all agree
that we would like to end suffering. Each person has weaknesses and
faults unique to his/her own set of circumstances. However, there is
something good inherent in all of us; we all possess the nature of
Buddha mind. We need to remove the veils so that our true Buddha
nature may reveal itself. The reality we experience inevitably
generates suffering. We need to be aware and gain understanding of our
situation. We will then be able to apply the appropriate remedy for
our maladies. First, we need to be aware of how and who we really are.
Only then can we be successful in finding a way to recognize our true
nature that is neither superficial, nor emotional. We should therefore
put into practice the following:
own situation, Modify our ways to lessen the suffering, and Purify our
minds thereby increasing our awareness of the true nature of mind.
Whether we are
on a spiritual path or not we still have to live our lives. Though the
situations on the outside may remain the same, we can start to change
our reactions to them. Because our minds are now very much under the
force of habit, any attempt to change the familiar tracks quickly will
likely fail. Change can only come about slowly, little by little. We
must work on modifying our habits now and gradually our perception of
things will change. Big changes hardly ever take place. Only little
changes may occur from day to day, which often go unnoticed. Patience
and perseverance are therefore important if we are to
Our minds are
unclear at the moment. We develop stress and frustration invariably as
we carry on everyday. We should try to minimize the stress in every
aspect of our life. We are all different individuals so the results of
our practice will be different for each of us.
Our goal is
Enlightenment, awakened mind, or Bodhicitta.1 If we look at the
achievement of near perfect Bodhicitta on the level of the great
Bodhisattvas, it might seem almost unattainable, too far removed from
our present situation. Hopelessness might set in. Nevertheless, we
have to start by taking the first step now.
the complete opening towards what is not oneself. We have to accept
that things are not the way we want them to be. Acceptance will
naturally reduce stress and enhance greater understanding. This will
in turn give way to a clearer mind which will facilitate deeper
insight into mind. And so the process continues.
Bodhicitta of application we should adopt equanimity. At the moment,
we are constantly developing hope and fear whereby our actions are
tainted. We are afraid of failure on the one hand, and on the other,
we have desires:
"The success is mine."
"The goal is
"I have failed."