mind’s basic space
One day, in the early morning June, 1981, the great sage Longchenpa said to me, “If you wish to remain stable and firm in the expanse of mind’s basic space then you must pay a high price. The price is your 8 conceits.”
1. The conceit of intellect. The notion that mind’s conceptuality can encompass wisdom realization.
2. The conceit of self-concern. The shallow and restrictive attitude that seeks security and comfort for the root of delusion.
3. The conceit of desire. The confusion that what is most longed for exists within the continuum of temporary experiences and can be satisfied through gratification of desires.
4. The conceit of internal or external. If enlightenment can not be found externally and can not be discovered internally, quick! Which way will you look?
5. The conceit of subjective and objective. Wisdom awareness is the functioning of an unutterable mystery. Its knowingness is beyond the categories “subjective” or “objective.”
6. The conceit of contrivance. If the great matter’s resolution is come to through contrived efforts it will be subject to the vagaries of impermanence.
7. The conceit of spontaneity. While the great matter cannot be resolved through efforts of practice, only those who practice ever resolve it.
8. The conceit of realization. So long as the notions liberation and bondage, enlightenment and unenlightenment exist, there is no freedom, no enlightenment.