Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Taking Joy in Correcting Mistakes

Thangka image of Vajrasattva, the Great Bodhisattva of Purification

Ordinary beings have the habit of concealing their flaws, by indulging in acts of self-denial or engaging in activities that will distract their mind from what they do not wish to acknowledge. Dharma practitioners, on the other hand, rejoice in seeking out their own mistakes, knowing that it is only by having their mistakes corrected that they can bring about beneficial changes in their lives.

In the Audio Teaching ‘Taking Joy in Correcting Mistakes’, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje begins by describing the obstacles that are common for those wishing to learn Dharma; faults such as the ‘Three Defects of the Vessel’, the ‘Six Stains’ and the ‘Five Wrong Ways in Retaining the Teaching’.

Emphasising the need to recognise our own flaws and apply the appropriate antidotes, rather than focusing on the mistakes of others as a means to distract our mind from facing up to our own short-comings; Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje emphasises the need to move away from our habitual indulgence in self-denial which only fosters the build-up of guilt, insecurity, and endless misery, and embrace instead the joy in uncovering our own mistakes, the joy in removing the impurities we identify, the joy in removing negative emotion therein, and the joy in cleansing our mind.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje advised his students that it is by finding joy in uncovering mistakes and welcoming the opportunity to rectify them that we are assured of a joyful life.

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