02
Mar
06

Making Your Mind An Ocean- Ven. Lama Thubten Yeshe


When I talk about mind, I’m not just talking about my mind, my trip. I’m talking about the mind of each and every universal living being.

The way we live, the way we think — everything is dedicated to material pleasure.We consider sense objects to be of utmost importance and materialistically devote ourselves to whatever makes us happy, famous or popular. Even though all this comes from our mind, we are so totally preoccupied by external objects that we never look within, we never question why we find them so interesting.

As long as we exist, our mind is an inseparable part of us. As a result, we are always up and down. It is not our body that goes up and down, it’s our mind — this mind whose way of functioning we do not understand. Therefore, sometimes we have to examine ourselves — not just our body, but our mind. After all, it is our mind that is always telling us what to do.We have to know our own psychology, or, in religious terminology, perhaps, our inner nature. Anyway, no matter what we call it, we have to know our own mind.

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Q. So you say that the problem lies more within the person and don’t agree with the point of view that it is society that makes people sick?

Lama.

Yes. For example, I have met many Western people who’ve had problems with society. They’re angry with society, with their parents, with everything.When they understand the psychology I teach, they think, “Ridiculous! I’ve always blamed society, but actually the real problem has been inside of me all along.” Then they become courteous human beings, respectful of society, their parents, their teachers and all other people. You can’t blame society for our problems.

Q. How does it happen that people mix things up in this way?

Lama. It’s because they don’t know their own true nature. The environment, ideas and philosophies can be contributory causes, but primarily, problems come from one’s own mind. Of course, the way society is organized can agitate some people, but the issues are usually small. Unfortunately, people tend to exaggerate them and get upset. This is how it is with society, but anyone who thinks the world can exist without it is dreaming.

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Q. Lama, what do you find in the ocean of a person’s nature?

Lama.

When I use that expression I’m saying that people’s problems are like an ocean, but we see only the superficial waves.We don’t see what lies beneath them. “Oh, I have a problem with him. If I get rid of him I’ll solve my problems.” It’s like looking at electrical appliances without understanding that it’s the underlying electricity that makes them function.

Q. What kind of problems do we find below the waves?

Lama.

Dissatisfaction. The dissatisfied mind is the fundamental element of human nature.We’re dissatisfied with ourselves; we’re dissatisfied with the outside world. That dissatisfaction is like an ocean.

 

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/mindocean.pdf

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