The Buddhist view is that we’ve all got extraordinary potential to cultivate our minds, our consciousness. It’s not some special gift that only some people have; it’s innate within all of us.
But potential for what? Not something holy, like heaven in the sky, or next life, but potential to lessen fear, depression, anxiety, neediness, low self-esteem and to grow love, contentment, compassion, clarity, courage and the other qualities we want so badly.
It is something very earthy, so tasty, not something vague and mystical.
This potential exists, simply, in our minds, our consciousness. Therefore we need to learn how to access our own mind. Sounds simple enough, but it’s not a job we’re educated to do. It is not our habit to look inside, much less know deeply and well what’s going on there.
Venerable Robina Courtin presented this paper at Mind & Its Potential 2011.