Words of Wisdom 8
Rinpoche on Spreading the Joyful Dharma
According to Buddhism, diligence is Tsön gang ge la trowa’o (བརྩོན་གང་དགེ་ལ་སྤྲོ་བའོ། [“Diligence means joy in virtuous ways.”]—the joy of practicing the dharma, the joy of getting into the dharma. I think the patrons and teachers—our generation—we have the responsibility to make it joyful for the next generation.
The ascetic life or the simple life is for those who think that is their satisfaction. There are a lot of people who get satisfaction from a simple life. But there are also sutras where Buddha refused to ordain somebody who wanted to become a monk. He told them, “You should remain as a merchant.” So of course, Buddhism is not at all against happiness and satisfaction.
There is not a single way to approach and understand the dharma, and the joy of seeing the truth is just one aspect of what Buddhism has to offer, but we invite you to consider how we can truly help all people, especially future generations, encounter the wealth of Buddha’s wisdom.