Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 7: Diligence
After Confidence, developing Joy is the third force or power that will aid our training in Diligence. Rinpoche reminds us of the innocence of children at play, abandoning themselves to fun and games without consideration for rewards or payments, just playing for its own sake. This is how we should apply our own minds when we practice dharma, immersing ourselves in bodhisattva action without any expectation. It may not always reap great results, but something good will come sooner or later if our intention is right.
Rinpoche distinguishes the joy we seek from trying to satisfy ourselves with material or sensual pleasures which are short-lived and often bring us down the path of attachment or neediness: the text says there is a sweet-sour aspect to it–like licking honey from a razor’s edge where there is potential for self harm hidden in a pleasurable activity. This kind of joy is short lived and cannot compare to the joy that can be felt when reaching out to help others with only their welfare in mind and no thought for ourselves.
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