Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 7: Diligence
The closing verses on chapter 7 impress upon us the need to understand how imperative it is to apply ourselves in earnest to the practice of Diligence: we should hold sharply to awareness as if someone is threatening to attack with a naked sword while we walk a tightrope holding a jar of boiling oil; if a drop is spilt we must succumb to the blade. Or with the spontaneous agility that would be required to escape a poisonous snake that has fallen into our lap we must maintain mindfulness of our actions and dedicate ourselves to staying diligently on the path.
It is so important to keep our awareness broadly focussed and with an eye on the detail, and to set ourselves tasks that are within our capacity; if we look after the short term projects, mindful of the implications for going astray or being diverted, we won’t be overwhelmed by the long term projects, they will be manageable.
Maintaining a joyful heart, approaching life positively, being ready to go with the flow when necessary while focussing on the task in hand and watching out for the pitfalls as they arise, is the key to achieving success.
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