Monastics ~ 17th Karmapa

We as monastics wear the three dharma robes on our body, thus being distinguished from others in our style of dressing. But what we actually need is a fundamentally different mindset. If we just carry the same great burden of attachment and aversion as ordinary worldly people and get involved in locking our horns even more than them, this is not dharma.

Thus, we must be dharma practitioners in the sense of being solely concerned with reducing worldly attachment and aversion more and more, and, from the bottom of our heart, embedding love, compassion, and the straightforward truth that accords with how things are in our minds. But if we mix worldly biases, attachments, and aversions into the dharma, we will greatly destroy the teachings.


17th Karmapa


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