|Due to this outlook, we find a distinction between
two categories of the Buddha's teaching. One which can be accepted at
face value and perceived as definitive, and a second which should not be
taken literally, but requires further examination. These scriptures may
contradict one's experience and reason, therefore, lead to further
interpretation. If then, they still don't conform to personal
experience, the only alternative is to reject them, and that liberty has
been given to Buddhists.
Holiness the Dalai Lama with NDDL founders & mangers, Michael
& Marya Schwabe
There are two principal approaches to training the mind: one which deals
primarily with emotion, and the other uses the reason. There are
emotions such as faith, devotion, love, compassion, and so forth; and
others such as attachment, anger, and jealousy which are more impulsive.
These are strong, forceful and arise quite instinctually, without any
rational thinking and can be very intense. We can attribute these
emotions to a physiological condition or to karmic imprints from the
In utilizing the intellect and reason, one is able to contemplate the
benefits of love and compassion, as well as the shortcomings of anger
and so forth. As you think about faith, love, compassion and their
value, their basis, and so on, the more you are able to enhance their
capacity. You will gain a sound, valid experience and recognize which
emotions need to be cultivated and which need to be abandon. This is an
important and integral part of the training of mind.