Although there is much to do on this earth,
the real human challenge lies in
developing the mind through confronting it directly.

In the past, many individuals have
successfully met this challenge with disciplined effort.

Yet today, the crowded conditions and prevalent social patterns
do not easily accommodate
a simple, peaceful lifestyle that would permit sustained inquiry.

How can we cope with our lives?
Given the nature of our society,
what resources are available
for self-improvement?

Following the path of awareness
is a positive step
in the direction of a full, rich life
in which the physical, mental,
and spiritual dimensions are equally developed.

We can find refuge and support in our own understanding and knowledge, here and now.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart

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