“Without the Sangha community we can’t practice. Sangha is the source of inspiration – in difficult ways, beautiful ways, hard ways, soft ways. The sangha is constantly giving us lessons and reminders of our ego and negative emotions, as well as our goodness qualities of joy, compassion, and bodhichitta. Sangha is helping us. Sangha is training us all the time. Therefore to move to buddhahood, definitely we need sangha. Without the sangha, there is no growth, no support, no examples, and no help. How can we become warriors – overcoming all our negative emotions with love, compassion, and wisdom – by ourselves alone? You don’t become a warrior by having Haagen Dazs ice cream sitting on some nice porch. Becoming a Dharma warrior happens by going through difficulties and hardships, and overcoming them.”
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
2011 PSL Dzogchen One Month Retreat on H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche’s Mountain Retreat Instructions
Photo of Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche with the PSL Sangha during the 2021 Dzogchen Summer Retreat on Guru Dragpo.
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