Mind’s Hidden Faults Part 1

An Exposure of the Mind’s Hidden Faults
by Patrul Rinpoche

“It sometimes happens that some practitioners believe it is impossible to recognise the nature of mind. They become depressed and sad. There is no reason at all to be sad: it is not at all impossible to recognise. Rest directly in that which thinks that it is impossible to recognise the nature of mind, and that is exactly it.

“At times, it happens that some meditators say that it is difficult to recognise the nature of mind. It is not at all difficult. The fault lies in not knowing how to meditate. One does not need to search for meditation. One doesn’t have to buy it, cultivate it or go somewhere else for it. One does not need to do any work. It is sufficient to simply let your mind rest in the state of whatever takes place, in whatever happens.

“One has had one’s mind from the beginning. It is not something that can be lost and then found, and nor is it something that you can have, and then not have. This mind that you have had from the beginning is precisely that which thinks when you are thinking, and that which rests without thoughts when you are not thinking. No matter what the mind is thinking of, it is enough to sustain it undistractedly by resting directly in that which is being thought of, without trying to correct any thing. It then becomes simple and naturally easy. If you feel that practising Dharma is difficult, it is a sign that you have many misdeeds and obscurations.”

…to be continued tomorrow.

NB sometimes, when translations of Buddhist text contains words such as ‘obscurations’, ‘misdeeds’ and ‘defilements’, we may experience guilt. I’m sure that’s not the intention: in other cultures it may act as a spur to practise, but it may also turn modern people off and cause a barrier to progress. Maybe just think of ‘defilements’ as habitual attachments in our confused programming of which we weren’t aware: sin is merely not recognising our true nature, and isn’t a big deal, although it is the cause of our suffering.

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