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Compassion Conquers All by Tsem Rinpoche

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MOTIVATION

THE EIGHT WORDLY CONCERNS

When we do any kind of Dharma activities—lighting incense, making prostrations, making offerings, offering flowers, giving donations to the temple, giving dhana to monks, sweeping the temple, driving or buying supplies for the temple, being committee members for the temple, meditation, chanting—anything—it should be free from the eight worldly concerns, or the eight worldly Dharmas. Dharma means conduct. So Buddhadharma is correct conduct, conduct that leads to awakening. The eight worldly concerns are:

to be happy when we are praised,to be unhappy when we are insulted,to be happy if we receive any gifts,to be unhappy if we don’t,to be happy upon achieving reputation,to be unhappy when we are unsuccessful, ...

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