Seeing Mind Nature
In this audio clip, Phakchok Rinpoche assures us that enlightenment is possible. Actually, there is a thin line dividing buddhas and sentient beings. So, the difference between buddha and sentient beings is that a buddha sees the true nature of the mind and understands that the mind is not truly established. However, sentient beings do not see–but it is possible!
Sometimes we read or hear the sutras and worry that it is impossible to accumulate merit for uncountable eons. Of course that may sound very overwhelming. But the correct understanding of these teachings should be that we learn how to invest our time intelligently. We can understand that quality of practice counts more than quantity. And we need the knowledge about how we approach practice.
When we see the true nature of mind and practice true compassion– that moment is equivalent to many eons of effort accumulating merit. Here Rinpoche uses the example of an intelligent investor gaining a great return on an investment. We need to know how to practice in that intelligent way and we will gain great returns as well.
Rinpoche tells a story from a past life of the Buddha that demonstrates the effectiveness of this practice method and he advises us to be equally smart about our own practice.