We all have Buddha Nature, which is the reason we can become enlightened, the reason we are capable of ‘waking up’. We have a mantra that says: “om, All is Pure as it is. I am Pure as I am”. Ultimately this is true, but at this moment we are not manifesting it.
We have to acknowledge the magnitude of the problem before us here and now, and the structures that keep our perceptions of this reality in place. This starts by understanding how our minds work and then training our minds.
Our ordinary minds have eight consciousnesses. The usual five, that most of us are aware of: the auditory, the tacticle, the visual, the gustatory and the olfactory consciousnesses. Then there is also the mental consciousness, the afflicted consciousness and the ground consciousness.
The afflicted consciousness relates to the first 6 as ‘mine’ and to the ground consciousness as ‘me’. The ground consciousness is a ‘depository’ of all the experiences we have ever had and this is what most of us actually consider our ‘self’. It is also that which takes re-birth.
Right now we are identifying with this afflicted mind…
Of our sense consciousnesses, our auditory consciousness is the most subtle, and therefore the most capable of initiating “Revolution at the base”. The whole transformation, or training, starts with hearing the Dharma.
Hearing is the contact point between the ‘Pure Ground Non-Dual Wisdom’ (our Buddha Essence) and the limited afflicted consciousness of sentient beings. By hearing we begin the process of ‘remembering’ our True Nature. Just like a person who is sleeping and having a nightmare can be woken up by sound — a person who is having ‘this’ nightmare can be woken up by sound.
All the Great Teachers of all legitimate spiritual traditions come and teach – they speak – they share the sound of the Dharma. Dharma can be translated as ‘that which holds reality together’. The sound of the Dharma is Pure. It is also called the ‘outflow of Dharmakaya’…of that Buddha Essence. The force, the power of the Truth of the Dharma, makes its way through sound and the process starts with hearing.
Hearing – Reflection – Cultivation.
This is how the Dharma enters our life and this is how we begin to have choices.