uan wrote:In context of practice, there is no "modernity". There is only now, this moment, and an individual's unique causes and conditions.
In Buddhism, we aren't trying to look at the physical world by itself; instead, we're looking at the mind and its relationship to the appearances of the world. We observe the mind to see what the mind itself is and how it acts in relation to our internal and external experiences of everything--from thoughts and emotions, to actual things. To do this, we need a special set of tools that can take us beyond the mind's limitations. Buddhism uses the tools of meditation and a process of reasoning.
~Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Rebel Buddha
The state of being a buddha is unconfused and undeluded, just like the sun shining in the sky. The state of mind of sentient beings is like the reflection of the sun on water. Just as the reflection is dependent upon water, our thoughts are dependent upon objects. The object is what is thought of, the subject is the perceiving mind. Subject-object fixation is the cause for continuing in deluded samsaric existence, day and night, life after life.
~Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche: Repeating the Words of the Buddha
there is only one mind, when it is awakened it is known as the buddha
, when it is deluded, confused it is known as sentient beings