The essential means to apply the path to our lives . . .
“These are known as the “three correct trainings,” namely the path of (1) supreme moral discipline, (2) supreme concentration, and (3) supreme wisdom. These must continually be applied. All of the moral precepts laid out in the Vinaya are included within them. The three wisdoms acquired through study, contemplation, and meditation, as well as the wisdom that comes from Shamatha and Vipashyana, are all supported by the foundation of ethical conduct.
The three correct trainings are inseparable. They’re not three completely different practices, but three aspects of wisdom that all work together. These three summarize the entirety of the Buddha’s teachings on samaya. With morality as the foundation, concentration can develop so that wisdom continuously deepens for anyone who has this ground, this identity, and this view.
The understanding and realization of egolessness is an aspect of wisdom. The way to maintain and protect this view is with meditation and ethical conduct. Toward this end, it is best if we’re not too involved in worldly affairs. To develop insight and detachment, we have to make an effort to keep everything in balance. There are many teachings about how to maintain this balance, but first among them is the practice of mindfulness.”
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Advice from a Spiritual Friend (pgs 197-198)
Photo of Yeshe Tsogyal in the PSL gonpa mural paintings.
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