“On the Buddhist path, rather than trying to protect ourselves from our own mind, we actively investigate mind in order to understand how it works. We often have to be quite critical of our habits. We have to look at our faults, including our aggression. We have to examine our neuroses. There is research to be done! If we respond with revulsion toward our mind and its activities, this inquiry cannot take place. We need to understand the mechanics of aggression and learn to reflect in a nonjudgmental way. We may be hard on ourselves, thinking we have anger-management problems’ or calling ourselves ‘a lost cause.’ But in this way, we just sidestep really looking. We need to look at the mind without judgments of good or bad. At the same time, we need to understand how good and bad are defined by virtue of how they function to create happiness and pain. In other words, we need to sort things out with wisdom mind and bring them into review.

All the Buddha’s teachings find roots in non-violence: non-violence toward others, nonviolence toward ourselves, and non-violence even toward negative emotions. It is important that we have a taste of the peace that comes from nonaggression. The dualistic tendency to push things away poses the biggest problem for us. We have so many wants and ‘unwants’…but how wonderful – there is room for all. When we begin to understand our mind’s habits, we have the leverage to slowly and steadily outsmart them.” 

– Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, in “Light Comes Through”

(Posted by pemalotus, Instagram, 15 March 2024)


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