The Wise and the Sectarian

dezhung rinThe Dharma shows us the way to remove the causes of pain and to attain the experience of supreme well-being. Yet there is the danger of taking hold of Dharma incorrectly. If this danger is not avoided and one’s approach to Dharma is faulty, such “Dharma” becomes a cause of harm instead of benefit. This is not the intent of the Enlightened Ones nor of the Masters who have entrusted it to us.

Recognize and avoid this danger; it is narrow mindedness. It manifests among Buddhists in the form of sectarianism ―an attitude of partiality, a tendency to form deluded attachments to one’s own school and to reject other schools of Buddhism as inferior.


A wise person’s mind is vast like the sky, with room for many teachings, many insights, and many meditations. But the mind of an ignorant sectarian is limited, tight, and narrow ―like a vase that can only hold very little. It is difficult for such a mind to grow in Dharma because of its self-imposed limitations.

The difference between the wise Buddhist and the sectarian Buddhist is like that between the vastness of space and the narrowness of a vase. These are the words of Kongtrul Rinpoche.

― Dezhung Rinpoche Kunga Tenpay Nyima

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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