Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Success in Dharma Practice

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In the Audio Teaching ‘Success in Dharma practice’, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje explains how successes in mundane activities, often seen as the path to happiness, are in fact causes that lead us to the realm of future suffering. As long as we focus our effort solely on worldly activities, we will never attain the fruition of lasting happiness.

Success in Dharma practice does not come from the overpowering of others, but rather by removing the fixation of false view we have of ourselves and by the elimination of obscurations we have of the nature of reality. Why should we get ecstatic when things go well in our life or get overly unhappy when conditions around us have become challenging and difficult? When we find ourselves becoming the target of insult or attack, there is also no reason to respond in anger or resentment. Instead, it is far more beneficial to maintain a calm and stable mind at all times. This is the key to success in Dharma practice.

Using stories from the time of Lord Buddha and accounts of past Buddhist masters, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje encourages students to let go of their attachment to the obsession of conceptual view and focus instead on quietly accomplishing essential acts of virtue for the two-fold benefit of all beings and oneself.

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