Nothing to do

Whenever we feel compelled, ‘driven’, to do something, anything, we can remember the words of Milarepa. As long as we feel compulsion, even if it is apparently for the Dharma, it is passion. Only when we do the needful, and nothing more, can we be peaceful.

For generosity, nothing to do,

other than cease fixating on self.


For morality, nothing to do,

other than cease being dishonest.


For patience, nothing to do,

other than not fear what is ultimately true.


For effort, nothing to do,

other than practice continuously.


For concentration, nothing to do,

other than rest in pure presence.


For wisdom, nothing to do,

other than know things directly as they are.

The mountain of Dharma is excellent, but it must be approached on its own terms. It cannot be ‘conquered’ like an enemy citadel. It must be received with openness, without prejudice (favorable or unfavorable). In peace; with clarity.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to Nothing to do

  1. Yue-han Su says:

    What? No need for Dharma boot camp? But how are we to prepare for the 2014 Dharma Games?

  2. Pingback: More notes from interactions « Meditation and Buddhist Studies at the Barn

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