The workshop is in the mind

  We have sensory consciousness and mental consciousness, and they cognize phenomena in very different ways. Eye consciousness, for example, is that part of our mind – effectively “consciousness” and “mind” are synonyms – that, through the medium of the eyeball...

Everything is our own karmic appearance

  We have sensory consciousness and then we have the mental – that’s where the workshop is, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it: all our thoughts and feelings and emotions, opinions and viewpoints; intuition, instinct, you name it.   But as Lama Yeshe says, we...

Our mind is like a mirror

  In Mahamudra Lama Yeshe talks about how the mind functions as a mirror: it reflects what’s out there. This is how it cognizes things. There is mind here – subject – and then there are objects of the mind, the things that mind cognizes – the world out...

Don’t believe in our karmic appearances

  Let’s analyze how an object of attachment appears to us, let’s say chocolate cake. First you see the shape and the color. That’s instant. The eye consciousness perceives shape and color, that triggers instantly the mental consciousness, where the memory is...

Stop believing in our own karmic appearances!

How do things exist for us? As Lama Zopa Rinoche says, “The way the world out there appears back to us is in the aspect of what’s in our mind.” Depending on our past karmic imprints and what’s in our mind now, things appear to us a certain way.  And, of course,...