People have difficulty beginning a spiritual practice because they put a lot of energy into looking for the best and easiest way to get into it. We might have to change our attitude and give up looking for the best or the easiest way. Actually, there is no choice. Whatever approach we take, we will have to deal with what we are already. We have to look at who we are. According to the Buddhist tradition, the working basis of the path and the energy involved in the path is the mind–one’s own mind, which is working in us all the time.
From “Mind: The Open Secret,” in The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology, page 64.
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