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I was reading through old discussions I had had online when I came upon one which had sparked some deep thoughts. It was about the nature of progress in the spiritual path, which is a topic i sometimes return to. I was talking to an acquaintance, who is an advanced student of Dzogchen, and he said that by far the greatest part of progress on the path is through uncovering our own deeper nature and by letting go and dissolving the obstacles that stand in our way.
Now, this does gel with my own experiences, but i have read some things which are not in this vein. For example, there are sutra’s which talk of monks training in such and such a way, there are techniques like metta where you basically train yourself to see the world in a certain way, or the techniques to arouse bodhicitta through vows and motivational affirmations. It seems to be as if we try to condition the mind to do certain things.
How do you see what happens to the mind on the path? Do you think there is a danger of layering conditioning on conditioning and never coming to clarity?
With warm regards,