The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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52 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGwe understood them. This is perhaps the darkest and mostdisturbing aspect of modern civilization—its ignorance andrepression of who we really are.LOOKING INLet's say we make a complete shift. Let's say we turn awayfrom looking in only one direction. We have been taught tospend our lives chasing our thoughts and projections. Evenwhen "mind" is talked about, what is referred to is thoughtsand emotions alone; and when our researchers study whatthey imagine to be the mind, they look only at its projections.No one ever really looks into the mind itself, the ground fromwhich all these expressions arise; and this has tragic consequences.As Padmasambhava said:Even though that which is usually called "mind" is widelyesteemed and much discussed,Still it is not understood or it is wrongly understood or it is understoodin a one-sided manner onlySince it is not understood correctly, just as it is in itself,There come into existence inconceivable numbers of philosophicalideas and assertions.Furthermore, since ordinary individuals do not understand it,They do not recognize their own nature,And so they continue to wander among the six destinies of rebirthwithin the three worlds, and thus experience suffering.Therefore, not understanding your own mind is a very grievousfault. 5How can we now turn this situation around? It is very simple.Our minds have two positions: looking out and looking in.Let us now look in.The difference that this slight change in orientation couldmake is enormous, and might even reverse those disasters thatthreaten the world. When a much larger number of peopleknow the nature of their minds, they'll know also the gloriousnature of the world they are in, and struggle urgently andbravely to preserve it. It's interesting that the word for "Buddhist"in Tibetan is nangpa. It means "inside-er": someone whoseeks the truth not outside, but within the nature of mind. Allthe teachings and training in Buddhism are aimed at that one

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