Until we thoroughly examine the nature of our mind, we cannot really be aware of who we are or why we are here. Just as an intoxicated man, lost in his own mind-created distortions, is unable to judge or control his actions, without an awakening into true knowledge, we can only continue to create problems for ourselves and others.
The complexities of our mental patterns and the turbulence of upsetting emotions join like eath and water to create a kind of mud that 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.
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
Enlightenment is a Choice