Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Attaining Two-Fold Fulfilment Through Right Action

Muchalinda Sarovar at Bodhgaya, showing Lord Buddha in meditation, sheltered from rain by Snake King Muchalinda

Lord Buddha reminds us in his teaching that all things are subject to change. No border of any country can protect itself from the wind of changes; life is far from perfect, for it is full of uncertainty and even the body we possess cannot support us forever. No matter what we do, we simply cannot stop our bodies from aging nor put the advent of our eventual death at bay.

In the Audio Teaching 'Attaining Two-Fold Fulfilment Through Right Action', Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje reminds students of the impermanence of all things and the importance of establishing the right view that is not separate from the true state of reality instead of relying on wrong view which is influenced by worldly concerns that are subject to changes and offer no lasting benefit.

In this world around us, the masses who advocate worldly knowledge as the answer to everything are as numerous as the grains of sand that cover the bottom of great rivers, while authentic teachers of Dharma who can reflect the true nature of reality to the students are very few in number.

Our obsession with wrong views and our reliance on worldly knowledge are the real reasons why we repeatedly experience discontentment in all our worldly activities. For those who have the good fortune to receive Dharma teaching, they will in the rightness of time, come to experience for themselves the true benefit of following the right path that gives rise to the twofold fulfilment for all beings – that which brings lasting benefit to oneself and to others.

Distinguishing what is right from that which is wrong thus becomes a very important issue, for it requires the essential presence of mindfulness – the ability to register what you see as you see it and what you hear as you hear it – a state which requires your senses and faculties to remain alert while relaxed. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje explains how we can achieve this state of being alert while relaxed by abandoning activities that arise from impulses prompted by afflictive emotions. A true practitioner of Dharma should first aim to attain a state of mindfulness over the activities of that which is expressed through the three gates of our body, speech and mind. It is only through the attainment of this true state of mindfulness that we can discover who we really are and ultimately liberate ourselves from the recurring rounds of unsatisfactoriness that we keep experiencing in the world and in turn bring a true state of harmony to our lives.

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