The Dharma itself cannot fail us, because it is how things really are. It won’t fail us because the protection that the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha give is to the mind. How they protect our mind is what is explained in the verses to follow, which are concerned with how to use the adverse circumstances we are likely to meet in samsara and transform them into our opportunities for practice. That’s where the mind is protected, because it can never be crushed. Because we have the methods by which we can always surmount, transcend, and transform the difficulties we meet. This is one way that the Three Jewels are a protection for our own mind.
from the book The Heroic Heart: Awakening Unbound Compassion
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