Apr 8, 2017

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Lesson 17. FAILURE TEACHES SUCCESS (Thất bại là mẹ thành công)

Contemplation on “Fourteen Grievous Failures of a Buddhist Practitioner” Lesson 17: FAILURE TEACHES SUCCESS!   With special and crystal clear similes, Master Gampopa had closely demonstrated 14 grievous failures  practitioners may fall into, such as the absence of right view (No.1 and 2), unacceptable paradoxes (No. 3,4,5,6), implicit heterodox conceptions that cling to practitioners’ mind (No.7,8), evil plots that practitioners should not have (No. 9) to be consequently trapped in the whirl of Eight worldly winds (Fame- Disrepute, Praise-Blame, Gain-Loss, Pleasure-Pain) (No.10). Major obstructions that hinder them in the path of emancipation are wrong perceptions (No.11, 12, 13, 14).   Mistakes in body, speech and mind, identified by Gampopa as grievous failures, may form difficult-to-take-down fenders on the way to freedom. In the past, many practitioners, even senior lamas, rinpoches or scholars, used to belittle such failures through their lens. These 14 grievous failures have stricken a hammer blow on the stronghold of

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