It is not enough to strive for the higher teachings and ignore the real substance of the Dharma, which is a change in attitude. unless we can change our hearts at a deep and profound level, the samsaric traits of our personality will all remain and we will still be seduced by appearances. As long as our mind is fickle, it is easy to become carried away in the chase for power and wealth or the pursuit of beautiful objects, in concerns of business and politics, in intrigues and deceit. It is easy to become an insensitive practitioner who cannot be ‘cured’ or changed by the Dharma.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
from the book Vajra Speech: A Commentary on The Quintessence of Spiritual Practice
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