Homage and praise to spiritual mentors and how they help us along the path begins this series of talks on the text Gems of Wisdom.
Series: Gems of Wisdom (BBCorner 2014-2015)
Part of a series of short talks on Gems of Wisdom, a thought-training text by the Seventh Dalai Lama.
Why is it so hard to break free from the realms of cyclic existence? It’s hard to eliminate its cause, the ignorance grasping at true existence.
Our insatiable craving for sense objects is the source of our suffering.
Clinging attachment leads to anger and suffering when our high expectations are not met. How to cultivate healthy relationships without attachment.
Ignorance of how things exist and ignorance of karma and its effects are like dark clouds obscuring our minds from seeing the truth.
Pride can be a stumbling block on the path, stunting our spiritual progress.
Unable to bear the happiness of others, jealousy causes us to harm those who try to help us.
Afflictive emotions like miserliness and anger only bring us misery, though we think they’ll bring us happiness.
Attachment to loved ones and friends creates suffering that distracts us from our spiritual aspirations.
Attachment, habitual behaviors, and doubt hinder our practice even when we go on retreat.