Commitments   Rabten & Dhargyey

Do Not Load an Ox With the Load of a Dzo.
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In other words, we should not unload our responsibilities onto others who are not capable of carrying them. The dzo is a Tibetan animal similar to the yak, used for heavy work such as ploughing and transporting goods over long distances. If an ox is given the load of a dzo, it cannot carry such a great burden. In the same way, we should not pass on a difficult task to someone who is slightly stupid and does not realize our malicious intentions. Such an action will only relieve us temporarily of a responsibility that will reappear with even more strength in the future. The law of causality is unfailing.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,

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