“Ancient masters said that there are three things we should not concern ourselves with: food, clothing, and voice. While it is easy to understand not being too concerned with good food and clothing, why did they include “voice?” Voice means always wanting someone to say good things about you. If we have that much expectation, when someone says something bad about us, we get upset and angry. We are still bound up in hope and fear, and that is why the ancient masters said good Dharma practitioners don’t care much about these three things. We should immediately drop them, throwing them to the wind, letting them go wherever the wind takes them. When we are free of them, we don’t have so much hope and fear, and we can relax and be centered in our true nature of joy, peace, and happiness. This is how we subdue the first gangster of greed.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Supreme Wisdom: Commentary on Yeshe Lama (pg 289)
Photo of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche meditating in the 1990s.
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