📖 Transforming Our Daily Activities
By Venerable Thubten Chodron 📖
I N T E R N A L M O T I V A T I O N I S W H A T M A T T E R S
The essence of the Dhamma practice isn’t our external performance, but our internal motivation. Real Dhamma is not huge temples, pompous ceremonies, elaborate dress and intricate rituals. These things are tools that can help our mind if they are used properly, with correct motivation. We cant judge another person’s motivation, nor should we waste our time trying to evaluate others’ actions. We can only look at our own mind, thereby determining whether our actions, words and thoughts are beneficial or not. For that reason we must be ever attentive not to let our minds come under the influence of selfishness, attachment, anger, etc. as it says in the Eight verses of Thought Transformation: “Vigilant, the moment a disturbing attitude appears, endangering myself and others, I will confront and avert it without delay.” In this way, our Dhamma practice becomes pure and is effective not only in leading us to temporal and ultimate happiness, but also in enabling us to make our lives beneficial for others.
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