Sep 9, 2015

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Lesson 3: TO RETURN EMPTY-HANDED FROM A LAND RICH IN PRECIOUS GEMS – AND THIS IS A GRIEVOUS FAILURE (Đừng trở về tay không!)

Contemplation on “Fourteen Grievous Failures of a Buddhist Practitioner” Lesson 3: TO RETURN EMPTY-HANDED FROM A LAND RICH IN PRECIOUS GEMS – AND THIS IS A GRIEVOUS FAILURE A folk tale tells that a young man read the spell: “Open Sesame” and the door of a cave loaded with precious gems opened right away. He filled his pocket with treasure and returned home living a wealthy life. Is there any case in which, that young man just had a look at the treasure and returned with empty pocket? It’d never happen unless he was a blind! “Open seasame” (“Vừng ơi hãy mở cửa ra”) Similarly, Tibetan Guru Gampopa has a firm grasp of human values which include 20 benefits as pointed out from the Forty-two Chapter Sutra. One of the benefits of being a human is illustrated in the Maha Ratnakuta Sutra as “a blind turtle, in the midst of the ocean,


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