Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Essence of Tantra
We live in an ocean of cyclic existence whose depth and extent cannot be measured. We are trouble again and again by the afflictions of desire and hatred as if repeatedly attacked by sharks.
Our mental and physical aggregates are impelled by former contaminated actions and afflictions and serve as a basis for present suffering as well as inducing future suffering. While such cyclic existence lasts, we have various thoughts of pleasure and displeasure: "If I do this, what will people think? If I do not do this, I will be too late; I won't make any profit." When we see something pleasant we think, "Oh, if I could only have that!" We see that others are prosperous, and we generate jealously, unable to bear their prosperity. we see an attractive man or woman, and we want a relationship. We are not satisfied with a passing relationship but want it to last forever. And then, once staying together with that person, we desire someone else. When we see someone we do not like, we become angry and quarrel after a single word; we feel we cannot remain even for an hour near this hatred person but must leave immediately. Day and night, night and day we spend out lives in the company of the afflictions, generating desire for the pleasant and anger at the unpleasant, and continue thus even when dreaming, unable to remain relaxed, our minds completely and utterly mixed with l
thoughts of desire and hatred without interruption.
Only a Buddha has extinguished all defects and gained all attainments. Therefore, one should mentally go for refuge to a Buddha, praise him or her with speech, and respect him or physically. One should enter the teaching of such a being.
--HH the Dalai Lama, from The Great Exposition of the Secret Mantra, Volume I: Tantra in Tibet by Tsongkhapa