However Small A Spark

Published on Jan 23, 2007 by in Meditation, WF Philosophy


Evening sunlight saturating what is. photo by coach a few days ago in the WF Temple H(om)e back garden.

From my morning’s email bag…
courtesy of WF Student GoTen in NYC.
Thank you GoTen!
And may ALL of us find more strength in our LifeStyle application of WF in our day today…

om so ti,
coach ilg

ps; Don’t worry, my Race Report from the Nordic State Championships and the Flagstaff Winter Triathlon IS coming up!!!

Good morning, Esteemed Coache’-
Thought you might enjoy these words from Sogyal Rinpoche on karma. Particularly applicable to little efforts in our own lives….
Student GoTen

Tricycle’s Daily Dharma: January 23, 2007

However Small a Spark

In simple terms, what does karma mean? It means that whatever we do, with our body, speech, or mind, will have a corresponding result. Each action, even the smallest, is pregnant with its consequences. It is said by the masters that even a little poison can cause death, and even a tiny seed can become a huge tree. And as Buddha said: “Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain.” Similarly he said: “Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit; even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel.” Karma does not decay like external things, or ever become inoperative. It cannot be destroyed by time, fire, or water. Its power will never disappear, until it is ripened.

–Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book

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