Objects of distraction ~ 17th Karmapa

Living in the present world of technology, illusions have become amplified and multiplied. In the present world that we live in, the causes for all kinds of thoughts, confusions and illusions of reality have increased many times over. For instance, when different companies produce new technologies or gadgets, obviously their main strategies are to cater to that confusion that we have, to be able to lure our already-confused minds and manipulate or deceive even further. This is the purpose of all kinds of advertisements, to create all kinds of thoughts. More than ever, for unguarded, vulnerable and confused minds there are all kinds of objects of distraction. Therefore, what is important more than ever is to begin to recognize one’s surroundings in that way, and instead of getting totally carried away by the external circumstances around us, we learn to turn a little bit more inward. We start to get in touch with our own basic ground, and then begin to look inwardly and find the possibility of peace within ourselves. Looking inwardly, we begin to move towards getting a sense of who we are, of finding ourselves within. This approach is helpful.

17th Karmapa

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