How to guard the mind ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

If you follow after thoughts and afflictions
Such as hatred, anger, and desire,
It will cause you to take birth in the three lower realms.
To be born in any of them brings about unimaginable torment.

Whatever afflictions or sufferings occur,
By looking at their essence they vanish into emptiness.
There is no way for wisdom to revert from that state.

To not separate your mind from this
And always guard your mind is critical.
The entirety of the dharma is encapsulated in guarding your mind.
The bodhisattva Shantideva spoke of how to guard the mind:

“For those who wish to guard their minds,
This is brought about by mindfulness and introspection.
As is said, ‘All should diligently guard their minds!’
I fold my hands in reverence to such persons.”

To practice in accordance with what is said here is critical.
That being so, the six collections of consciousness and all appearing objects,
Are simply the magical display of mind’s nature.
Thus, it is a mistake to think there is some agent who practices adoption and rejection.

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Advice Given To Lhawang Tashi

translated by Joseph Faria


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