Essential Dharmas of Daily Practice

1. The mind is originally free from disturbance,

but disturbances arise in response to sensory conditions;

let us restore the equanimity of our true nature by letting go of disturbances.


2. The mind is originally free from delusion,

but delusions arise in response to sensory conditions;

let us restore the wisdom of our true nature by letting go of delusions.


3. The mind is originally free from wrong-doing,

but wrong-doings arise in response to sensory conditions;

let us restore the precepts of our true nature by letting go of wrong-doings.

 
4. Let us replace disbelief, greed, laziness, and ignorance with

belief, zeal, questioning, and dedication.


5. Let us turn resentment into gratitude.


6. Let us turn dependency into self- reliance.


7. Let us turn a reluctance to learn into a willingness to learn well.


8. Let us turn a reluctance to teach into a willingness to teach well.


9. Let us turn a lack of public spirit into an eagerness to serve

the good of all.