Dharma in Daily Life
by the 12th Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche
The subject I was requested to talk about here is 'the practice of dharma in daily life', in everyday life. This title comes up so many times, and at the beginning it didn't make much sense to me because if you don't practice dharma in your day to day life then where do you practice? You have to practice dharma in your everyday life. Our everyday life is everything that we have got; we don't have another life that is not our everyday life. So if you practice dharma you have to practice it in everyday life. As I mentioned, previously when I was requested to talk on this subject, both in Asia and Occidental centres and communities, it really didn't make sense to me, but then slowly I came to understand what people really mean when requesting me to talk on this subject. I think for many people religion becomes some sort of an extra thing, dharma becomes an extra thing, therefore it is something like 'I practice dharma' or 'I don't practice dharma'. So it is, as far as I am concerned, a very basic misunderstanding of what dharma is all about. Even if you don't believe in anything; that is what you believe. Even if you don't practice anything; that is what you practice. Therefore no one can say "I am a pure and genuine non-believer" or "I am a pure and genuine non-practitioner". That is impossible. But somehow our sophistication as a human being becomes a very strange thing; it also makes us a little stupid because we have so many titles, distinctions and descriptions, in that way we are very confused because we make everything unnecessarily confusing. So instead of dismissing such a subject, I will try to explain it.
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