Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

The Dharma Should be Taken to Heart

Book coverThe dharma should really be taken to heart, not just used as a way to get cozy and secure or to continue your habitual pattern of self-denigration or your habitual pattern of striving for perfection. Initially you may find that you use the dharma as you’ve always used everything else, but then, because it’s the dharma, it might occur to you that you’re using it to denigrate yourself or to become a perfectionist—“Oh my goodness! I’m using this to make the world into love and light or to make it a resentful, harsh place.”

From The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chödrön, page 86

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