Whether you’re practicing Dharma or something strange depends upon whether or not you give up the eight worldly dharmas. Check within yourself. If your mind is free of the eight worldly dharmas, then you can be called a Dharma practitioner. But if you appear to be practicing while grasping at the eight wordly dharmas in your mind, you’re not practicing Dharma; instead you’re practicing something strange! When you abandon the fantasies of this life — abandon grasping at this life — then whatever objects you relate with, deep inside you don’t make any claim on them or think of them as “mine.” When you’re free from grasping at the appearances of and fantasies about this life, you’ve begun to practice Dharma.

— Ribur Rinpoche


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