30 Nov 2016
#Karmapa On The Importance Of Hard Work
If we look at the past lineage masters of our Kagyu tradition, starting from the very founders of our lineage, we can see that they have become those great masters simply because of their effort, through sheer hard work and great effort. And so this is one trait that we as their descendants, one could say, must try to develop also and put in hard work where it is needed, where it is truly needed. If we do that, then there is an opportunity where the realization of Bodhicitta can actually happen, and from then on, the journey becomes far smoother, far easier than we can imagine.
#Karmapa on How To Experience Absolute Prosperity
The practice of true kindness and genuine wisdom is a means to eradicate both the causes of and conditions for an i individual’s physical and mental poverty. The effect is that the individual gains the state of absolute cessation, which is absolute prosperity.
We somehow have to find a way to accept that form is form, impermanence is impermanence, change is change. Change is not something else. So, in a way, it is very simple: we do not have to do anything elaborate or complicated. All we have to do is accept what it is. We do not have to be sophisticated and think ‘Maybe it is not the obvious thing that we see, maybe there is something more’ or ‘Maybe this is not it, because it is too simple’. So we have to find a balance. The real balance is accepting change as change.