Taking Our Problems and Sufferings as a Support for Our Practice ~ 17th Karmapa

Many methods can free us from difficulties; however, precious bodhichitta, encompassing loving-kindness and compassion, is supreme. If we meditate on it well, there is nothing we cannot remedy. When we experience many different sufferings, they can be an actual support, a situation conducive to Dharma practice. If we were problem-free, we would have a hard time remembering to practice Dharma. If we are already practicing Dharma, it would be difficult for the practice to benefit us deeply. Taking all our problems and suffering as a support, we should bring them onto the path of practice. To the extent they are brought onto the path, to that extent will we attain the good qualities that result from practice.

17th Karmapa

from the book Music In The Sky: The Life, Art, And Teachings Of The 17Th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

translated by Michele Martin

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