Tibetan/Chan connection

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SilenceMonkey
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Tibetan/Chan connection

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In Chan they teach the root of all suffering is discrimination (ie. 分別心 fenbie xin, a mind that makes distinctions - labels, judgements, etc...). I had been looking for a parallel teaching in tibetan dharma and one from Chagdud Tulku just came up on one of those Facebook groups. Seeing ignorance discussed in terms of the process of nonduality makes me happy. 😁 I wonder, is this a Nyingma style Dzogchen way of teaching about delusion, cittamatra or does it also appear elsewhere?
To understand how delusion arises, practice watching your mind. Begin by simply letting it relax. Without thinking of the past or the future, without feeling hope or fear about this thing or that, let it rest comfortably, open and natural. In this space of the mind, there is no problem, no suffering. Then something catches your attention - an image, a sound, a smell. Your mind splits into inner and outer, self and other, subject and object. In simply perceiving the object, there is still no problem. But when you zero in on it, you notice that it's big or small, white or black, square or circular; and then you make a judgment - for example, whether it's pretty or ugly. Having made that judgment, you react to it: you decide you like it or don't like it. That's when the problem starts, because "I like it" leads to "I want it." We want to possess what we perceive to be desirable. Similarly, "I don't like it" leads to "I don't want it." If we like something, want it, and can't have it, we suffer. If we don't want it, but can't keep it away, again we suffer. Our suffering seems to occur because of the object of our desire or aversion, but that's not really so - it happens because the mind splits into object-subject duality and becomes involved in wanting or not wanting something.

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
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