Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 7: Diligence
These next verses discuss the force of Relinquishment, and Cultivating Strengths. Addressing the perennial dilemma of knowing when to take a break, and when to push on, Diligence here includes knowing how to pace our enthusiasm; when we need to rest, recharge and recuperate in order to have the strength and enthusiasm to continue what we are doing and give it our best. In order to be effective, we must have the right mental and physical conditions possible to carry out any task, meaning withdrawing ourselves from something when we are fatigued is an act of diligence.
On the other hand we must not become attached to our accomplishments, but be ready to relinquish them on completion, so that others may carry on the work and bring it forward. This leaves us free to develop ourselves.
We must also be on our guard, keeping alert and aware to moments of weakness. Similar to a person in battle who must hold on to their weapon at all costs, it is essential to remain mindful––because when the poison of the kleshas enters our mind-stream it will destroy us.
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