Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Cultivating the Seed of Dharma amidst a Forest of Wrong View

The Audio Teaching 'Cultivating the Seed of Dharma amidst a Forest of Wrong View' by Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje is an extract from a series of Living Dharma teachings given during the Christmas Retreat at the end of 2009. Continuing from the Audio Teaching ‘Attaining Two-Fold Fulfilment Through Right Action’, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje describes the unsatisfactoriness and impermanence of all worldly phenomena which offer no lasting benefit to ourselves or others.

Statue of Kwan Yin, the Great Bodhisattva of Compassion

According to Buddhist texts, as many as 81,000 thoughts may arise and dissolve in the mind at any given moment, and whichever thought we hold on to for even a trice will be amplified and manifested into an increasingly tangible experience which we perceive as real. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje explains that we should develop the right kind of mindfulness to watch over our body, speech and mind, and ensure that we recognise the significance of our place in relation to others. To act with mindfulness is to act from the foundation of understanding - the actual implementation of discipline - that is the key to attaining freedom from the bondage of worldly concerns.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje goes on to explain that Dharma teachings provide the seed that can ripen into Buddhahood, but due to our habit of acting upon impulses prompted by the three poisons of desire, attachment, aversion and delusion, we have the tendency to end up contaminating our mind, and in the process we cultivate a forest of wrong views, which gives rise to even more causes of sufferings and sorrows for ourselves and others. It is only by taking refuge in the right view, the right understanding, and the right effort that we can eliminate this forest of wrong views and cultivate the Seed of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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