KYABJE DILGO KHYENTSE RINPOCHE
When we recognize a thought, that recognition alone will not liberate it. It is not that we should not recognize it; it must be recognized.
But then when recognizing it, without grasping at the thought, the basis from which it arises – the unaltered natural state of mind pointed out by our teacher – should also be recognized.
When we look at that recognition, the strength of the thought is broken, and the recognition of the intrinsic nature becomes stronger. Then no reaction can be produced. Once we cease producing a reaction, since thoughts in themselves are self-arising and self-liberating, we will find the source of that liberation.
Being taken in by a thought is like being afraid of a man wearing a lion’s mask. But if we know that the nature of thoughts is emptiness, like realizing that it is only a man wearing a mask, the strength of the thought will be broken and we will naturally relax.
“Oral Instructions on ‘Three Words That Strike The Vital Point’ – on Action – Collected Works, Vol III”