padma norbu wrote:8. I think #7 is true for most people, actually... you can say "all is in your mind" all you like, but if I punch you in the face, you will suffer (a punch in the face here is just an example of our relative condition in samsara)
No I won't, I'm a muay thai instructor, I've been punched in the face so many times it makes no difference at all!
But seriously, I totally understand (and sympathise) with what you are saying.
Sometimes I get all crazy and say to my lama: "I'm sick of all these deities and sadhanas. One deity coz I got no money, another coz I have a nagging cough right now, another for my constipation... I mean if the essence of all the practices is Mahamudra why don't I just practice Mahamudra and get it over with?" To which he replies: "But you have no money, you have a nagging cough and constipation, obviously you need to do the deity practice which deals with each of these."
Then I get all bezerk like: "Tommorow is the third day after the waxing moon, so I need to get this torma ready and those tsog substances and..." and he replies: "Why don't you just go do some Mahamudra practice instead, the nature of all the sadhanas is Mahamudra after all."
Get what I mean?
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master