All things are only fragments and manifestations of the mind. Thus good deeds come from good thoughts in the mind; and evil deeds come from evil thoughts in the mind. The mind already possesses Perfect Wisdom.
The bright azure of the sky and the bright beam of the sun are frequently obscured by clouds ; and in their ignorance people may imagine that the brightness of the sky and the sun have dimmed.But as soon as the clouds have passed, it becomes clear that the sky and the sun are as bright as ever.
Evil habits may be compared with the clouds and Perfect Wisdom may be compared with the sun.When you attach yourself to external objects, you cloud your mind, and you prevent this Wisdom from shedding its Light.
But happily there are many good and enlightened teachers who can show you The Way- The Way leading to the realization of True Wisdom. Once you have been shown the Way, then by your own efforts you may follow it, dispelling every kind of illusion.
Remove from your minds all clouds of jealousy, vanity, pride, deceit, falsehood, disdain, snobbery and arrogance. Listen to those who draw your attention to these clouds; and be constantly on the alert, looking for them yourself.
When the clouds of attachment have gone, The Light may shine without hindrance.
-Zen Mysticism ( Hui-Neng 6)