temporary rewards is turning the teaching to the wrong purpose.Using Dharma properly, we generate benefits through meditation.When we receive teachings, we should put them into practiceimmediately. Our life is very uncertain and the time of death unpre-dictable, no matter what our health or age. To obtain this precioushuman birth and the opportunity to practice is most rare, and wemay not find it in the future. Knowing this, we should immediatelyengage in practice that is meaningful and relevant to us, and thenpractice consistently. Such practice is like taking medicine. You arethe patient and, until the disease is cured, you must take medicineregularly. Likewise, until our confusion is removed, we should prac-tice Dharma regularly.
Second Dharma:May the Dharma Follow the Path
e have seen that the nature of samsara is nothing butsuffering, yet every living being wants happiness, peace, andcomfort. Not knowing how to obtain these, their actions onlycompound suffering, and they are thus constantly confused anddrawn into the realm of samsara. Some people, for example, thinkhappiness can be obtained by robbing a bank and becoming rich.The result of stealing, of course, is negative karma and its attendantsuffering. If we consider our situation, there are many instances inwhich we think some activity will produce happiness, but it actuallyyields negative karma.Birds, insects, and humans are all equally busy trying to obtainthat state called happiness. From birth to death, we look for wealth,fame, and other forms of worldly success, not realizing that the rootof happiness is in the virtuous actions of body, speech, and mind, andthat the root of suffering is in the negative actions of these three. Inthis ignorance, we continue in constant busyness, vaguely hoping forsomething good, yet creating more problems.When we can understand that all beings share a desire for hap-piness and yet are closed into the darkness and confusion of samsara,then with this awareness we can begin to help others. Loving-kind-ness is developed through the motivation of not only wanting to
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