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Why the Mind Matters: Realizing Relative and Ultimate Truths
Teacher: His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche,
Venue: Spain,
Year: 2012

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, bestowed this teaching on March 26, 2012, at the request of Sakya Drogon Ling, Dénia, Spain.

All the teachings of the Buddha were given to help us tame our minds. That “everything is the mind” may seem obscure initially, but if we practice as His Holiness instructs, we will begin to understand this.

In this teaching, His Holiness explains that with our minds, we can conquer all difficulties and challenges. He then explains how ordinary consciousness can be transformed into a buddha’s primordial wisdom, first by knowing the reality of relative truth, or how everything is like a dream. This will subdue the negative thoughts that cause suffering. On that basis, we can practice to realize the ultimate truth, which is away from the extremes of existence and non-existence, nihilism and eternalism.

This teaching describes the Buddhist path to wisdom according the Sakya tradition briefly and clearly.

Source: This teaching was obtained from Sakya Drogon Ling Youtube.

Durian, either you love it or hate it. Why do some people adore something so much, while others dislike it? When encountering a tragedy, some are completely overwhelmed with emotion, while others remain calm?

Everything is mind, explains it all. If we have a good grasp of this profound view, we will be able to maneuver along the path skillfully toward happiness.

It is, however, easier said than done. In this text, using examples in our daily lives, His Holiness gives a clear explanation on this topic, making it easy for us to comprehend so we can better control of our lives.