Words of my Perfect Teacher
Fresh from His Holiness the Karmapa, speaking in Kingston, NY:
Religion is a set of beliefs and traditions handed down, whereas spirituality is personal exploration and experience. The problems begin when spirituality becomes a religion ... and becomes "mere conformance with tradition and custom" and loses its ability to transform us.
Out of the mouth of my beloved Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:
Devotion is the same as confidence, if you have one hundred percent confidence in Mahamudra, you will have one hundred percent diligence. If you have fifty percent confidence, you will have fifty percent diligence. Here, we are talking about Mahamudra, but this function of devotion is actually common to all endeavors, whether spiritual or mundane. The more confidence you have in something, the more you will put into it and the more you will get out of it.
Soha! (That is Tibetan for Amen.)
~Sandy Garson "Wordsmithing to attest how the Dharma saved me from myself!"
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