First mature your own mind ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

So if you really wish to benefit others, the first step is to attain realization yourself. You must first mature your own mind; otherwise you will be incapable of helping others. Giving other people water is impossible unless you have a jug with water in it. If it is empty, you might make the gesture of pouring, but no water will come out.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book Zurchungpa's Testament

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