There are six things that you may twist or misinterpret in your practice: patience, yearning, excitement, compassion, priorities, and joy.
- It is a misinterpretation of patience to be patient about everything in your life but the practice of dharma.
- Misinterpreted yearning is to foster yearning for pleasure and wealth but not to encourage the yearning to practice dharma thoroughly and properly.
- Misinterpreted excitement is to get excited by wealth and entertainment, but not to be excited by the study of dharma.
- It is twisted compassion to be compassionate to those who endure hardships in order to practice dharma, but to be unconcerned and uncompassionate to those who do evil.
- Twisted priorities means to work diligently out of self-interest at that which benefits you in the world, but not to practice dharma.
- Twisted joy is to be happy when sorrow afflicts your enemies, but not to rejoice in virtue and in the joy of transcending samsara.
You should absolutely and completely stop all six of these misinterpretations.
From Training the Mind & Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa , copyright 1993 by Diana Mukpo.
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