Seeing Wisdom as the Essence of Phenomena

Extract from Seeing Wisdom as the Essence of Phenomena 
BY SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE | MAY 1, 2004 | LION'S ROAR
 
"I am encouraging my students to ask at the beginning of any practice session, “What is my motivation right now?” Perhaps we’ve had a hard day and just want to relax. That would be a very small motivation. We are just trying to cool off, like a cow standing under a tree. There is nothing wrong with it, but with that cow’s motivation – I don’t want to suffer – can we achieve perfect realization? It might take a really long time."
"In order to experience this profound wisdom, our mind needs to be subtle. It can’t be thick with negative emotions like anger, desire and pride. These emotions are like heavy clouds that keep us from seeing the sky. Our mind needs to be stable, free from distraction and discursiveness."
"As we begin to work with our mind in the Vajrayana practices, we are learning a very important skill – how to mix the flour of our mind with the water of our attitude and create the dough of enlightenment. The recipe won’t work with only the flour or only the water; the two of them have to work together. Our motivation has to permeate the whole situation. It’s a simple point that we often overlook. Then, when we are a few steps down the path, we notice that our practice isn’t working. That happens for one very simple reason – it didn’t start out the right way. We did not take the right approach. In tantra it is said that the right motivation regarding who you are, what the practice is, and what the point of doing it is, guarantees that the practice will work. With this attitude, the practice has never not worked for anybody. If it doesn’t work for us, it’s because we haven’t fulfilled one of these requirements."
 
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