Ten Things to Understand

gampopa3Understand that outer appearances are unreal

because they are illusions.

Understand that inner mind is empty

because it is devoid of self-entity.

Understand that thoughts are momentary

because they occur due to conditions.

Understand that your body and speech are impermanent

because they are conditioned.

Understand that the consequences of your actions are inevitable

because all the pleasure and pain of sentient beings result from karma.

Understand that pain is your spiritual friend

because it is the cause of renunciation.

Understand that pleasure and happiness are the demons of attachment

because they are the roots of samsara.

Understand that many engagements are obstacles for merit

because they hinder spiritual practice.

Understand that enemies and obstructers are your teachers

because they are inspiration for spiritual practice.

Understand that everything is of equal nature

because all phenomena are ultimately devoid of self-nature.

These are the ten things to understand.


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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8 Responses to Ten Things to Understand

  1. dharma pen says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing…

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you! PKL

  3. Cheryla says:

    When Gampopa says “many engagements”, does he mean “staying busy, being distracted, and taking on too many obligations”? for those certainly do interfer with spirirtual practice. cc

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