The Dharma Tongue

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

In our practice we learn to appreciate the distinguishing marks of the Dharma. They are sometimes formulated as non-duality, transience and no self.

In one short phrase the Dalai Lama includes and transcends these marks.  With his own “grandmotherly kindness’ he puts the Dharma seal on the table where anyone can see it.

The marks of the Dharma are the marks of  practice. The Dalai Lama’s mark is the mark of the practitioner  For our benefit the Dalai Lama expresses the long and ancient tongue of the Dharma which knows nothing like Zen or Buddhism. It includes the truth of all beings, religions and spiritual paths.

Please read the quote again.

We should practice this from head to foot.