The method for taking all situations as the path is to rest within the essence|
of the mind. Within our minds, there are three aspects: the way things
appear, how they are confused, and the way they actually are. We do not take
our difficulties as the path in relation to how things appear or are confused,
but in relation to how they actually are. We rest naturally within their
nature--the clear and empty nature of the mind that is sometimes called the
union of clarity and emptiness or the union of wisdom and the expanse. We
rest within this, recognizing it. When we take sickness as the path, we look
at the essence of the sickness without altering it in any way and just rest
naturally within that. When we take the afflictions as the path, we just look
at the essence of the greed, aversion, or delusion that has occurred. We do
not follow the affliction or block it. We do not try to stop our thoughts.
Instead, we look at those thoughts and at the afflictions that occur, and we
rest naturally within their inherently empty essence.
-- Khenchen Thrangu, from "Vivid Awareness", published by Shambhala