Here in the West, difficulties in comprehending the Dharma multiply. The teachings are easily misinterpreted when they enter a new land.
Dharma students have no background, while Dharma teachers trained in the tradition may not comprehend Western consciousness or consider carefully enough their own limitations.
Those who know a little of the Dharma may initially be enthusiastic, but unless they go deeply into what the Buddha said, they may find the teachings less and less important in making sense of their own lives.
In the midst of the busy lifestyle of the modern West, how rare it is to have time for studying or teaching; how difficult to provide the beauty and serenity that support Dharma practice.
These powerful positive influences, which have sustained countless generations, are no longer readily available to us.Tarthang Tulku RinpocheTeachings from the Heart