Motivation, Aspiration, Devotion: Cornerstones of Our Practice
Motivation, aspiration, devotion–we can rely on these to support our Dharma practice. In this video teaching, filmed at Khandro Ling in Brazil in March 2015, Phakchok Rinpoche teaches on the three wish-fulfilling jewels that aid our practice. This video includes Portuguese subtitles!
Motivation, Aspiration, Devotion: Organizing Our Sessions
If we want to be good, persistent and decisive practitioners, we need these three basic skills. First, we should be sure to begin our practice with motivation. Then we can perfume and infuse it with devotion. So, motivation comes first, and throughout the path we maintain our devotion. Finally, we can seal our practice with aspiration. Motivation is like looking in the mirror–it is your reflection. And devotion reflects of your realization of your nature. Aspiration reflects your future results. Thus, these three aspects reflect our practice.
Although we hear many teachings on devotion and motivation, we don’t hear as much about aspiration. Here, Rinpoche reminds us that aspiration is the reflection of our future results and points us in the correct direction.