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I study, and try to practice, Vajrayana Buddhism. My main areas of interest are Chod, Kagyu and Nyingma traditions as well as Buddhisms interactions with the West, pop-culture and engaged Buddhism.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mixing poison with nectar.

According to the peerless Dhagpo Lha-Je, Dharma practice practiced wrongly can cause us to be re-born in the lower realms. Practiced wrongly means Dharma mixed with the eight worldly, or mundane, concerns.

Generally speaking, Dharma is very very new in the West. As such, support for monastics, centres and training of translators is pretty limited. I am probably in a percent of a percent that actually has some support. As such, it's essential I really use this opportunity purely, without being dragged down by peripheral conditions and surroundings.

If we engage in Dharma practice with impure motivation, expecting praise or similar, we are not really engaging correctly. Unless of course we managed to transform the poisonous intentions into something positive.

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