Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Negative, Positive, Perfection

Book coverNote that all dualistic concepts and emotions—even positive ones such as caring, compassion, and wishing others well—are accompanied by grasping at “self.” So although positive emotions are good, they still fall short of perfection, which is the primordial wisdom beyond dualistic thinking and emotional sensations. Grasping at positive qualities is nonetheless a stepping-stone to perfection, helping us eventually to loosen the grip of grasping at “self” and to experience sensations of peace and joy. So, transforming from negative to positive, and then from positive to perfection, is the ideal way to move toward buddhahood, or full perfection.

From Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook by Tulku Thondup, page 173

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