Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Freedom from Suffering Through Correct Practice

Illustration of a young monk completely protected from all attack due to his attainment of meditative practice

Shakyamuni Buddha, the World Honoured One, began all his teachings by proclaiming ‘Monks, life is suffering’. In the Audio teaching ‘Freedom from Suffering through Correct Practice’ Lama Dondrup Dorje describes the recurring cycles of the unsatisfactoriness, which all living beings in Samsara experience. Lama Dondrup Dorje gives examples of the humility of great masters of the past, and inspires students with the story of a young monk who offered himself as sacrifice to save the lives of a group of fellow monks. The meditative practice of this young monk had reached such a high level of attainment that he was completely protected from all manner of attack by the bandits. Not even their swords could cause injury to him. The bandits were so astonished by what they experienced that they put down their weapons and requested to be ordained as monks. Explaining the need for proper practice, Lama Dondrup Dorje went on to tell the story of the speedy attainment gained by a monk when he turned away from mundane activity and practised meditation correctly. While we may aspire to help others, we cannot offer freedom from suffering to others until we have accomplished it ourselves.

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