I'm reading a book called Reflections on a mountain lake by Tenzin Palmo, again. @oneeye1 I picked up my book and started reading and thought that I would like to share this with you
"There is a story of this great but very eccentric Lama of the last century named Patrul Rinpoche. One of his disciples was a professor of philosophy who had been a follower of his for many years. He was very learned and devoted. Even after all those years, after all the searching and all the practice he had done, he still hadn't seen the nature of the mind, and he was very depressed about it. After all, what's it all for if you don't realize the nature of the mind? It's just words and concepts building upon each other. Then, one night he was on a retreat at Patrul Rinpoche's hermitage and Patrul Rinpoche said, "Let's go outside, lie on the ground and look up at the stars." So they went out. They lay and looked up at the stars. Then in the distance, a dog barked. Patrul Rinpoche said, "That's it." And he got up.
Do you understand? The fact that we are conscious that it is a dog barking is it. But we don't recognize that. We think it must be something else that is higher and more thrilling. Once I asked one of the yogis in my monastery to give the oral transmission of a very famous Dzogchen text by Shabkar Rinpoche. It has been translated into English as the flight of the Garuda. He was giving this oral transmission when he stopped halfway though and said, "You know, the problem with these texts is that they make it seem something so far, so remote, so incredibly vast, when actually it's so completely simple. It's so ordinary that we miss it." So we have to go though all these hundred thousand prostrations and mandala offerings and millions of mantras and all these extraordinarily complex visualizations just to get back to where we have always been, and recognize ourselves at home for the first time."
It's so simple, it's easy to miss.
Edited by Stoned Angel, 11 April 2017 - 02:13 PM.