This is part 14 of my lojong series, a Buddhist mind-training technique.
This slogan asks that we examine our mind when confused; to see the process behind confusion. In doing so, we recognize that the mind always operates through the same process- continual awakening. According to Acharya Judy Lief, “Through careful attention and meditative practice we begin to see how every perception begins with uncertainty and openness (dharmakaya); then starts to come into focus (nirmanakaya); then develops energy and begins to come together (sambhogakaya), and finally clicks, synthesized as immediate present-moment experience (svabhavikakaya). It is as though confusion is awakening in disguise.”
As we recognize this pattern of the mind, we can let go of our need to correct or defend the mind- to protect it. This letting go is supreme shunyata protection. We start to see confusion as empty, not solid at all, and also part of awakening. Then there isn’t anything to protect. As we begin to notice our perceptions of our world, we make the connection between our perceptions and our sense of self. When we’re able to let go of this sense of self as the lojong slogans are teaching us to do, we begin to see our true nature, our own divinity, and we lose our fear and our need to defend.