Cultivating Insight into the Nature of Things as They Are

THE BUDDHA TAUGHT THAT HOW THINGS APPEAR to be and how things actually are is quite different. Our failure to distinguish these two truths gives rise to all sorts of mistaken thoughts and conflicting emotions. In the same way that to attain enlightenment it is necessary to train in establishing loving-kindness and compassion, it is also necessary to cultivate a proper understanding of the view, so that practice designed to prepare us for and introduce us to direct insight into the nature of mind can come to fruition.

 

Teachings on the view have been given by many distinguished Kagyu masters. Excerpts from some of these teachings follow.