Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 07/09/2019

Where Does the Problem Lie?

Not realizing that this is our own doing, that we have trained our mind to this negative way of thinking, we point to external things—other beings or circumstances—as the source of our problems. The more we think that our problems come from outside, the more our anger arises. Like a fire blazing as we pour more and more oil on it, our anger blazes higher and higher, bring-ing greater negative karma; then unbearably great anger arises, bringing even heavier negative karma.

Excerpt from: “Transforming Problems into Happiness” by Dalai Lama.

I know this is true. I know that these myriad problems have their origin in the mind. So, why do I keep looking for a way to massage the external circumstances of my life to handle them?

May I persevere in training the mind and never complain nor seek to blame anyone for the suffering which I alone have created.

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