Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Devotion is Powerful Protection

Book coverWhen Milarepa meditated in the mountains, he was alone for a long time. In spite of this, he always felt that he was inseparable from Marpa because his devotion was so powerful. Milarepa sang his vajra songs in solitude but, through devotion, was always connected to his lama. Devotion to the lama is a powerful protection from negative thoughts and nonvirtuous actions. It is also a special protection that allows us to properly practice meditation. Our awareness of enlightened beings and our knowledge of how to take care of our mind protect the mind so that it doesn’t flow in a wrong direction. Through these joyous practices we develop a feeling of appreciation of how fortunate we are, and we cease feeling lonely or depressed

From Opening the Treasure of the Profound: Teachings on the Songs of Jigten Sumgön and Milarepa by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen, page 100

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