Become a Suitable Student | Step 8 of Awakening in 30 Steps

gradual awakening gradual path lam rim three defects of the vessel Jul 18, 2021

 Step 8 emphasizes the need for the student to be as prepared and qualified as the teacher for an optimal learning experience.

We are responsible for avoiding the 'three defects of the vessel'. Our mind is like a vessel, the teachings are an elixir. We can’t be:

1) too full

2) leaky

3) contaminated

We should strive to be:

1) open minded

2) determined

3) well-intended

Think about what these characteristics mean for you.


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