It is better to practice

 

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Dromtönpa once saw a monk doing circumambulations and intuitively knew he was doing them for a worldly motive. He remarked, “It’s good to do circumambulations, but it would be better to practice.” Later he saw the same monk making prostrations. “Prostrations are good,” he said, “but it would be better to practice.” After some time, the monk began to do meditation and Dromtönpa again remarked that doing retreats was laudable, but it would be even better to practice. Finally the monk, who by this time was thoroughly perplexed, inquired what he meant by the word practice. Dromtönpa answered that it meant letting go of our preoccupation with this life and developing true love and compassion. ~ Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, by Geshe Sonam Rinchen, edited and translated by Ruth Sonam, pages 30-31

 

 

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2 thoughts on “It is better to practice

  1. 😀 Thank you so much… I was reminded of this several times yesterday, and just seeing the cover of this book lifts my heart! Blessings, Leslee

    • You are so welcome! Yes, I have to remind myself. Practice.Practice.Practice is better.

      This is one of my favorites Buddhist books.

      Thank you for your comment and blessings to you too,

      Debby

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