Christmas 2010 004Everybody is confronted with so much pressure to try to change from the outside.  The dharma never suggests we change from the outside; it’s always taught that we should try to change from the inside.  People try to change outer circumstances, and when, for whatever reasons, they find they can’t, they just give up.

They give up instead of being more intelligent and curious about learning how to practice dharma from the inside and making changes inwardly.  If we learn how to genuinely practice in this way, no one can stop us from going forward on the path.

Your wife or husband or anybody who is against your doing so will never be able to stop you.  That is because no one can stop us from changing or doing something inwardly. ..The only one who could actually stop us is ourselves.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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