Gaining certainty in the Dharma takes time and a willingness to apply the instructions. In this audio teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us how we should authentically practice by giving personal advice based upon his own experience.
We may read many Dharma books, but Rinpoche reminds us, “Learning Dharma is not just learning the words”
Certainty: Three steps
- Listen to teachings, and be sure to understand the point
- Apply in your daily life. If you don’t apply then you won’t gain any experience.
- Meditative practice experience will clarify doubt and confusion.
Questions for Self-Reflection
How have I improved in five years? You need to review your progress. Be honest—are your negative emotions reduced through your practice? Are there changes in your mind—examine your own experience.
Certainty: How to Progress?
Spend time in practice, receive the teachings, apply correctly and get the point without adding more of your own or leaving things out. Don’t assume, but make sure you practice as you were instructed.
Reminder of Impermanence–A Great Motivator!
This is the time of the intermediate state. We have so many opportunities for practice now—and death is definitely certain. This is the time to practice!