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Pride

One of the main obstacles is our pride.
This pride is an inflated state of mind
and relies on our false view of the transitory collection,
which focuses on the existent self,
attributed to our body and mind, and distorts it.

When we are on top of a very high mountain,
we look down on all the lower peaks.
Similarly, when we are full of pride,
everyone else appears lower.

We are the best and everyone else is inferior.
This pride is associated with our self-preoccupation and makes us act inappropriately and disrespectfully towards others,
thereby bringing us face to face with all kinds of unpleasant and unwanted experiences.

As long as we feel and act as through we are the center of the universe,
we will never develop real concern for others.
To counteract this attitude,
we train ourselves always to think of them as supremely important by considering their good qualities
and by reviewing our own faults and weaknesses.


Geshe Sonam Rinchen

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