Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Dzigar Kongtrul, It's Up to You

 "Seeing the futility of samsara brings a sense of disenchantment, or brokenheartedness. This is the realization that everything we've ever taken refuge in, from time immemorial, has been unreliable. From this realization, feelings of tenderness and sadness arise toward our world - along with a deep sense of renunciation. Longing to move closer to the truth, we realize there is no more genuine refuge than the Three Jewels.

This is not just Dharma 'propaganda.' When you take refuge, it's for your own sake. Nobody benefits but you, and nobody suffers but you when you take refuge in samsara. It is your choice; You can take refuge in samsara, or you can take refuge in waking up. But at some point, you do have to drop your doubts and make up your mind."

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