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“What a profound impact your book How to Practice Dharma: Teachings on the Eight Worldly Dharmas had on my mind,” a student writes FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Rinpoche replies:
Skies of thanks for discovering Dharma and trying to practice Dharma with every action. Thank you very, very much. That’s the real Dharma. Even in the monasteries studying so much extensive philosophy, sometimes Dharma gets left out for some people. Looking like practicing Dharma but not practicing Dharma.
It is so precious what you have discovered, what you experienced. You discovered Dharma, what Dharma is. Numberless thanks again.
On Mandala‘s website, you can read two excerpt from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s How to Practice Dharma: “The Dissatisfied Mind of Desire” and “Seeing Problems as Positive.” Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive published How to Practice Dharma: Teachings on the Eight Worldly Dharmas, edited by Gordon McDougall, as part of their FPMT Lineage Series.
Here’s more from the inspiring letter written by the student to Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
I had read about the eight worldly dharmas before — numerous times. It never really impacted me like it did while reading your book. I wept and wept with the knowledge that after all these years of trying to learn the Dharma and thinking that I was making some progress practicing the Dharma that in reality I have never really practiced Dharma without the eight worldly dharmas controlling me. That awareness makes me cry now while writing to you — so much time has been wasted!
I scotched taped notes on my computer, phone, water jug, food pantry (and while I am writing to you, I am thinking of other ideas to place the post-its) with the word ‘motivation’ to remind me to check my ‘true motivation.’ I have written on a note card a prayer from your book that I say before I drive my car, before I read my holy Dharma books and before I begin my morning practice and night practice.
I am eternally grateful for you taking the time to write that book, for without it, I would have continued doing what I had always done … and wasted my entire life unknowingly.
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive publishes many of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s letters in their “Lama Zopa Rinpoche Online Advice Book.” You can also keep up-to-date with news from the Archive through their monthly E-letter. The latest edition offers a teaching from Lama Yeshe called “Meditation on the Clarity of Mind.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s letter was scribed by Ven. Sarah Thresher at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, India, in June 2013. Both letters were lightly edited by Mandala.
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