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Aug 09, 2018 10:05am

Outside is simply a projection of inside

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Without proper understanding, vinaya may seem like rejecting the world– you are not allowed to see women; you are not allowed to touch gold, it is like as if the world is bad. But if we understand it properly, vinaya does not reject pleasures, does not reject the world because by rejecting something, you cannot escape from the problem. What is important and necessary is that we need to understand the problem, to accept it and then deal with it positively. If you can free yourself from the problem by just running away, then it is very easy to get enlightened. Just divorce your husband/wife and leave home and tomorrow you are enlightened or you are homeless…I don’t know whichever. Therefore, we should understand that following the vinaya is not rejecting this world but trying to avoid unnecessary problems which one may not be able to understand and handle. It is very good for beginners like us – for example, if you cannot deal with a relationship, you don’t get into it; if you can’t handle drinking alcohol, then better not to look at the drink. ~ Gyalwa Dokhampa













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