cultivating awareness as antidote to mental poisons…

“ignorance may be defined as a mistaken mode of perception that posits belief in the autonomous solidity of the self and of phenomena. such a mode of perception corresponds to the natural functioning of the mind, reinforced by long-standing habit. analysis allows us to discover that things have neither reality nor solidity. the perception resulting from the ultimate analysis of things should be cultivated and used as antidote. that is how we will fight the deep rooted propensity that leads us to believe in the reality of the self and the world….to eradicate suffering, we must cultivate stable qualities in the mental continuum that will become second nature. these qualities are born from the correct perception of reality. wisdom and lasting serenity result from this, for they are linked to consciousness itself.”

– his holiness the fourteenth dalai lama

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