Ignorance – Part II
Ignorance is that which impedes the recognition of the mind’s nature.
Our minds possess innate qualities of wisdom, which is that faculty of the mind that makes liberation and omniscience possible. For liberation and omniscience to be attained, this wisdom nature needs to be recognized. The recognition of it is impeded by ignorance.
We should not, however, consider ignorance to be something permanent, indestructible, and unchanging. Ignorance is removable; it is diminished and eventually removed in the process we call the path, and particularly by means of the aspects of the path that we refer to as the accumulation and purification.
This is something that anyone can accomplish if they wish to. If you look at it that way, ignorance is not so terrible at all. It has the quality of its own destructibility.
Taught by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. Translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso. Edited by Basia Coulter. Adapted with permission by Annie Bond. Copyright 2010 Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and Peter O’Hearn. All rights reserved. Bardor Tulku Rinpoche founded Kunzang Palchen Ling.