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How does samsara come about?

“How does samsara come about? As we perceive everything around us with our five senses, all sorts of feelings of attraction and repugnance arise in our minds, and it is from these feelings that samsara arises. The simple perception of things, in itself, is not what causes us to wander in samsara; it is rather our reaction to these perceptions and the interpretations we place on them that keep the wheel of samsara turning. Now, these extraordinary feature of the Mantrayana is that, instead of perpetuating samsara in this way, we can cultivate the perception of all phenomena as the pure display of wisdom.”

Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones – on ‘The Path of the Tantras’ – Collected Works Vol II pg 329, Shambhala)

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