Even if we do practice the Dharma now, have we really made it the central focus of our lives?
Do we practice with the same singleminded attention that we give to our desires?
Do we hold the teachings in mind with the same tenacity that we cling to images of friends, lovers, or children?
Have we understood the samsaric mind and penetrated its neurotic patterns?
The distractions of today deny the teachings. Each moment of delay steals away time and strength.
As hesitation undermines resolve, laziness erodes confidence in our own finest capabilities.
Imagining the Dharma as a wonderful haven to resort to when worldly pleasures or pressures diminish, we lose the present opportunity.
Tarthang Tulku RinpocheTeachings from the Heart