Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

The Difference Between an Ordinary Person and a Dharma Practitioner

A Peacock

In the new Audio Teaching, 'The Difference Between an Ordinary Person and a Dharma Practitioner', Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje recounts the story of the time Lord Buddha was asked about the requirements of an ideal disciple and gave an analogy to four types of birds, explaining that the student should seek to be like the peacock, which is dignified in posture and pleasing to the ears. To be such a student requires diligence in study and practice, discipline in following a code of conduct, and a humble mind. Recounting this story, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje then explains the progressive stages of practice in letting go of our fixation with opinions. Those who do not practice Dharma generate opinions as if they are being carved in stone; but through Dharma practice we can remove obsession with our views so we are no longer blinded by our obscuration and rather than turning even small events into a drama, we can make big things small just like writing in air, with no resistance and no trace left behind.

By removing self-obsession from our life we can practice to purify our karmic energy and transform our mind to see with a bigger perspective. With the support of taking refuge in those that know, and by being proactive in our effort to change our habitual tendencies, we can bring an end to the repeated cycle of dissatisfaction that we call samsara.

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