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Buddhism: It's About Nature



Each of us has the potential for achieving a pure state of being, free of illness and mental suffering and full of love and compassion. Each of us has the potential to come to know the nature of our minds and, in this way, dissolve the illusions that cause misunderstandings, confusion and pain. We only need to make the right effort and find the path that works for us.


Tibetan Buddhism has the wisdom and methods for us to cultivate lasting health and happiness. It is a path of experience. We do not need a certain set of beliefs, or to take the word of others. We can know for ourselves by trying the methods offered and seeing whether they make us happier and healthier, or not.


There are many paths in Buddhism, you only need to find the one that works with you and your character. For example, the Hinayana (or Theravada) path gives us moral precepts for right behavior and right thinking and teaches us meditation techniques for calming the mind and lessening negative emotions. The Mahayana path encourages us to explore the nature of the mind and come to know for ourselves what it means that the nature of phenomena is emptiness. Finally, Tantrayana offers us methods for working with the body and its system of subtle energy channels in order to transform ourselves into purer states of being and directly experience the bliss of wisdom.


Ultimately, all Buddhist paths lead to a greater understanding of our true nature. The mind is like the clear sky—open, vast, pure, but often obstructed by cloudiness. Like an undisturbed lake, when we calm the mind and let the muck settle, we clearly see into its depths, which contain great wisdom. We do this through mindfulness. By cultivating mindfulness, we can watch how we react in various situations. Learning from this, we come to know ourselves deeply. From this knowing, comes all knowing.