Nothing but fading illusions ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Through faith in the Three Jewels and the practice of generosity, it could happen that, by way of karmic fruit, we become rich, gain a high position in society and so on. This might lead us to think, ‘I am rich, I am important, I am the best, I have come out on top.’ If we practitioners have this kind of arrogance, our clinging to this life will increase and a demon will enter our hearts. If, on the other hand, we manage to enjoy happiness, possessions and influence without pride, we will understand that they are noting but illusions, insubstantial dreams, all of which will one day fade away. For as it is said of ‘all compounded things, which is accumulated will be used up; what is raised up will fail; what is born will die; what is joined together will separate.’

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book Enlightened Courage: An Explanation of the Seven-Point Mind Training

translated by Padmakara Translation Group

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