Teaching the Dharma without taming the own mind ~ Machig Labdrön

People these days use whatever little dharma they know to augment afflictive emotion, and then engender tremendous pride and conceit over it. They teach the Dharma without taming their own minds. But as with a river rock , not even a hair’s tip of benefit penetrates the other people. Even worse, incorrigible people [are attracted] to this dharma that increases conflict. When individuals who could be tamed by the Dharma encounter such incorrigible, their desire for the sacred Dharma is lost. It is not the fault of the Dharma; it is the fault of individuals.

Machig Labdrön

from the book Machik's Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chod

translated by Sarah Harding

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