By 'Jam-mGon Kong-sPrul
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Abandon such and foster instead the active mouvauon to be helpful, even in response to IOJury. Don't make wicked jokes. t rake joy. in disparaging others. about him to others, but, even if you've been hurt, strive to extoll the fine· qualities of others without framing any blame. Don't wait for an opportunity. When someone else has hurt you, you might keep it in mind and even though many years should·· pass, retaliate when the opportunity to inflict injury occurs: don't. In response ro injury, do whatever you can to help.
To make allegations against someone else when you are blamed, or deceitfully shift a problem you've met to another is like transferring the cow's burden to the bull. Don't act in this way. 48 Don't back the favourite. During a horse race, you worry about which one will come in first. In the same way, as one among various similar devotees, you may hope for improvement for yourself in service or reputation, or you may be motivated to strive in various ways to obtain or procure wealth: don't. Ignore fame and prestige or lack of them.
Hold principally to the testimony of mind itself. Always rely on just a happy frame of mind. Always being accompanied by a happy frame of mind, never giving rise to fear or despair no matter what adversity you encounter, but turning that into a companion for mental training is a measure of mental perfection. You should not just meditate joyfully on whatever adverse circumstances occur, but in addition, train in joyfully taking up all ;he troubles of others. 43 Even though you are distracted, if you can do it, it is still mind training.
A Direct Path to Enlightenment by 'Jam-mGon Kong-sPrul