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‘Chapter 2

The First Dharma:

Grant your blessing so that my mind may be one with the dharma

The first dharma of Gampopa is usually translated as, “May my mind be one with the dharma,” but a more literal translation would be “May my mind go into the dharma.” For beginners whether the activities of the body conform to the dharma or not doesn’t make that much difference. Whether one’s speech conforms to the dharma or not doesn’t make much difference either. But whether one’s mind conforms to the dharma makes all the difference. If one’s mind conforms to the dharma, then one’s speech and one’s body’s activities will conform with the dharma on their own. And if one’s mind doesn’t become one with the dharma, then it really doesn’t matter what one does with the body and speech; it won’t be of much real benefit anyway. That is why it is most important that one’s mind becomes one with the dharma in the beginning.’ (..)

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