“Bhiksus, mind has no mind, Mind’s nature is clear light.” The mind has been likened to the clarity of a clear sky, vast and unobstructed by the weather passing through it. Here, “the weather” refers to our afflicted thoughts and feelings that often engulf and overwhelm us, sometimes like menacing clouds, obscuring the sky completely. We tend to identify with “the weather” of our own disturbed emotions (eg, anger, hatred, jealousy, lust…) and so we act in ways that unfortunately only perpetuates our plight. Being able to step back and recognize that our mind is not in the nature of these destructive habits, empowers us to choose to shift the focus of our attention to the ever-present “sky”. We can slowly train our minds to identify with the expansive potential of our own minds in the light of wisdom, love and compassion so as to truly nourish ourselves and others. This takes time of course but like any skill, it can be learnt and it’s never too late to start!
These Meditations led by Venerable Tenzin Drolkar