And it bogs you down. If you assume that the mind is basically bad, you won't feel capable of following the path, and will tend to look for outside help to do the work for you. If you assume that the mind is basically good, you'll feel capable but will easily get complacent. This stands in the way of the heedfulness needed to get you on the path, and to keep you there when the path creates states of relative peace and ease that seem so trustworthy and real. If you assume a Buddha nature, you not only risk complacency but you also entangle yourself in metaphysical thorn patches: If something with an awakened nature can suffer, what good is it? How could something innately awakened become defiled? If your original Buddha nature became deluded, what's to prevent it from becoming deluded after it's re-awakened?
There's nothing wrong with wanting to buy an apricot tart. But wouldn't it be better to buy it without agitating oneself in the process? Those who don't train their minds through meditation can't see clinging very clearly or realize how much it contributes to their unhappiness. But when we pay close attention to our mental states in the present moment, we see that grasping immediately puts the mind into an uncomfortable turmoil. We discover that the state of yearning, even in its mildest form, is unpleasant. Clinging is the very opposite of peace of mind. In addition, it sets us up for future disappointment if we are unable to obtain the desired object (and sometimes even if we are). The more we develop our minds, the more clearly we see the drawbacks of clinging and instinctively want to avoid it.
It is not long while on the same journey, the young prince is brought upon a lifeless man. He is confused to see the man being carried by four others while they weep for him. The charioteer explains to the prince, вЂњThis is the last act of all men. Whether lowly, middling, or noble, death is certain for all in this worldвЂќ (Canto 3, 59). Death brings suffer because of the fact that no one wants to die and also we feel deep sorrow when someone does die. After witnessing this, the young prince orders his driver to turn around вЂњfor this is not the time or place for pleasure Ђќ This particular event demonstrates that suffering penetrates all aspects of mental and physical life.