Buddhism As A Science Of Mind
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Excerpted from a transcript on the "Khe-juk Teachings"
(Nova Scotia 1992)
The buddhadharma, the teachings of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, is a path that frees one from disturbing emotions and fundamental ignorance. This dharma frees us from existence in samsara, defined by samsaric fear, and leads us towards the fruition of independence, the fruition of the state of complete freedom, the state of fearlessness, going beyond fear. If we look at this buddhadharma, or Buddhism, closely, we find that it is a pure path, pure teachings, a pure science, a science of mind. We can say that Buddhadharma is not a religion. It's a science, a pure and genuine philosophy of humanity and science which works with the two sides of our samsaric mind, the negative aspect and the positive aspect of our mind. Fundamentally it is the science of working with the very basic nature of our mind.