When we know that the food we relish is tainted with poison, we reject it immediately. In our practice we must be sure that any wholesome conduct is not tainted
by the twin poisons of the self-grasping ignorance and the self-cherishing attitude.
If the former infects our practice, we should immediately apply the antidote of
meditation on emptiness. Should our practice be stained by the latter, we should
cultivate the altruistic mind and compassion.
Copyright Brian Beresford, 1977, 1996. Excerpted from Advice from a Spiritual Friend, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A, www.wisdompubs.org
This site provides an on-line database of commentaries on the Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices of lojong (Mind Training) and tonglen.