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:
our own situation, Modify our ways to lessen the suffering,
and Purify our minds thereby increasing our awareness
of the true nature of mind.
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 succeed.
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.
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.
is 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.
the 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
success is mine."
"The goal is mine."
"I have failed."