Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

On Relying on Technology

Book coverThe wish to understand the true nature of mind by relying on technology is due to the fault of not having awakened one’s Buddha nature, and because of that, the absolute and relative nature of one’s uncompounded mind just as it is cannot be recognized even slightly, which is the reason for relying only on the compounded gross material substance of technology. While examining the qualities of one’s own and others’ practice by bringing together a machine and the one who uses the machine, if any special conception arises about its being good, bad, high, or low, it will only be a fragmented, deluded interdependent conception that momentarily appears, and not nonconceptual enlightened body and wisdom, which are inconceivable. It will just be like children blowing bubbles in the air and trying to catch these rainbow-colored bubbles with their hands. As Santideva says about the dream of a barren woman:

        For example, a barren woman dreams her son is dead.
        When she awakens, she thinks that she has no son.
        That conception of not having a son comes from the conception of having a son.
        So, both of these conceptions are obstacles and also delusion.

From The Sole Panacea: A Brief Commentary on the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche That Cures the Suffering of the Sickness of Karma and Defilement by Thinley Norbu, pages 25–26

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