Commitment - Understanding What Commitment Is

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How strong our commitment is, is how much we want it. How much we want it depends on us realising the value of what we are doing. Understanding the value of what we are doing is dependent on knowledge. Knowledge is dependent on listening; listening is dependent on patience; patience is dependent on compassion; compassion is dependent on knowing that if we do not do this, we and others that we love will suffer. It all comes back to the self-cherishing mind.

Commitment is not about how many obstacles we face. Commitment is how much we want it. All of us have gone through very difficult situations for something we wanted. We go to extensive lengths to connect with a boyfriend or a girlfriend, to be with them, to impress them, to sweet talk them, to take a shower, to look good, to be alert and quick, to get a car and pay exorbitant amounts to impress them. We go through a lot and we are willing to suffer all those obstacles to get to that person that we want, because we want it. That applies to everything else.

If you think you have never had commitments and you cannot fulfill your commitments, you are absolutely wrong. Even the person with the easiest life in the world, born with a golden spoon in his mouth, has chased for things or faced difficulties (according to his own degree) to get what he wanted. It is just about whether he wanted it or not.

We have to think very, very carefully: what is the purpose of a commitment? If we do not want it, we call it an obstacle and we stop. That is actually an excuse and we should not make that excuse - we have to get our priorities straight. Everything that we do, except for Dharma practice, will bear little or no positive results and will not be continuous. They are just distractions and things that we have self-created, a web into which we have tangled ourselves. Dharma practice is very different. It looks like a tangled web but actually it is an exit, a way out.

How strong our commitment is, is how much we want it. How much we want it depends on us realising the value of what we are doing.

Tsem Rinpoche

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This article was published on 2010/04/02