Doing prostrations, letting go of comforts, and going against principles all aim at the same result: dismantling the perfectly engineered machine of illusion.
All these methods work. Don’t get fixated on the idea that all Vajrayana students who aspire to raze the walls of duality must follow the Tibetan tradition of doing one hundred thousand prostrations. That would be like thinking that every driver must drink a cup of coffee before they get in the car. Then again, if you avoid doing prostrations because you think they are just for Tibetans or because the very idea of lying down and standing up one hundred thousands times exhausts you, you are deceiving yourself. In that case, you shouldn’t do one hundred thousand prostrations – you should do two hundred thousand.
Never opt for the easy way out. Be ruthless toward the desires of mind.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book The Guru Drinks Bourbon?
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