Removing Ignorance – Part IV
The nature of our minds is always pure wisdom. But because it is obscured by ignorance, we need to apply methodically and patiently methods that will remove this obscuring ignorance. Letting go of or abandoning ignorance is the most effective method for doing so.
The Buddha’s teachings are contained in three main collections of scriptures, the so-called Three Baskets. Those three collections are the Vinaya, the Sutras, and the Abhidharma, and they all discuss at length the various ways to abandon ignorance.
From among those teachings, in the Vinaya the Buddha taught in great detail on how to tame the mind.
The wild horse of our mind needs to be tamed by the bridle of discipline of individual liberation. And such discipline has to be applied to one’s life in a way that is appropriate to one’s specific situation.
Especially, discipline has to be applied to whichever of the five kleshas (attachment, aversion, ignorance, pride, and jealousy) is strongest in one’s individual case. If you apply discipline and training appropriately, then it becomes very easy to tame the kleshas.
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.