If we look at the past lineage masters of our Kagyu tradition, starting from the very founders of our lineage, we can see that they have become those great masters simply because of their effort, through sheer hard work and great effort. And so this is one trait that we as their descendants, one could say, must try to develop and put in hard work where it is needed, where it is truly needed. If we do that, then there is an opportunity where the realisation of Bodhicitta can actually happen. From then on, the journey becomes far smoother, far easier than we can imagine.
簡單來說，要培養覺知，就好像我們必須審視什麼是健康 ，好比對身體健康的良好飲食習慣或常作運動。就是那樣，我們必須問自己什麼會為心靈帶來健康。然後，透過運用佛菩薩教導我們的善知識，我們可以找到越來越多對我們心靈健康的東西。根據我們的能力逐漸地去應用這些知識，我們便會變得更健康、更健壯、更強壯、和更靈活 ，我們就能克服任何的困難。
#Karmapa on the importance of mindful awareness:
Awareness is very, very important. Without awareness, eventually we will open the doors to ignorance. Ignorance brings with it unnecessary or unhelpful tools in the attempt to solve our problems: attachment and anger. It is important to guard against these phenomena, so that’s why awareness is so important.
Very simply, we must develop awareness by examining what is healthy – just like examining a good diet or fitness routine for our physical body. Just like that, we have to ask ourselves what is healthy for our mind. Then, by using the knowledge that is shared by all of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas, we can find out more and more about what is healthy for our mind. And then, gradually, by applying the knowledge according to our capacity, we become healthier and healthier, fitter and fitter, stronger and stronger, and more flexible – and then we can overcome all difficulties.