The Power of Perception
To understand vajrayana, know that we are talking about perception.
What is meant by the “complete” nature of perception? What makes a sound or thought
“whole”? Are they merely what you imagine them to be, or is there more to it? A very
traditional analogy is this: When someone comes to you with a complaint, are you able to
really appreciate the whole story whether you like that person or not? A wise person will
listen to the whole story and give an unbiased judgment in the situation. Any judgment based merely on appearances is an ignorantly made judgment, and any decision
will be very biased or partial. This example applies to the habitual ways we relate to everything we see, hear, and think.
Our judgments and opinions about appearances are very powerful, in that they become
causes that bring about effects. The karma we create builds a sphere of experience for
ourselves and for the world at large. Karma is propelled by our opinions and judgments, and when those opinions and judgments are not sane, they bring about negative karma.
No one intends to create negative karma. But a mind that does not perceive things sanely, or wholly, churns out unending amounts of karma. And karma dominated by ego’s biased views, preferences, and conveniences becomes negative karma simply by not seeing things clearly and completely.
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