Nov 15, 2014

The Vital Importance of the Sangha

"Sangha is the source of inspiration. Buddha and Dharma are there, but without the Sangha we can't practice. ... The Sangha is constantly giving us lessons, and reminding us of our ego and our negative emotions, as well as our goodness qualities of joy, devotion, compassion, and bodhichitta."
The Vital Importance of the Sangha
"By generating bodhichitta and reflecting on impermanence, we are naturally led to refuge. Refuge means we feel close to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and to Guru Padmasambhava and the lineage masters. Refuge also means that we’re connecting to the true nature of our minds. This is precious and wonderful, and we have every reason to rejoice at our good fortune. At the same time, we should honor the laws of karma by keeping our conduct in accordance with Dharma, and by flowing along with the interdependent coordination system. This also means that we do not disregard the customs and values of our society, but are mindful and adhere to them. When we respect the laws of karma in these ways, the result is harmony and peace."
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Beauty of Awakened Mind:
Dzogchen Lineage of the Great Master Shigpo Dudtsi (pg 190)

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