The complexities of our mental patterns and the turbulence of upsetting emotions join like earth and water to create a kind of mud which we call ‘samsaric mind’. Until we can cleanse ourselves of inner confusion and penetrate the various ‘layers’ of this mind, our judgments and actions will only reflect our inherent restlessness, like bees trapped in a jar.
We can see them moving around in certain patterns, but without understanding their situation they can only move in Samsaric realms-each with its own unique loss of freedom. On the other hand, by properly investigating our immediate situation, we can learn how an integrated patterning of mind can totally free us from our self-imposed restrictions.
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mind in Buddhist Psychology