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Such improper desire is really attachment, greed, for things not really necessary to live comfortably, to survive. To wish with sufficient reason and to acquire one ·or two things, that is proper desire. For a layman, family life is normal. But considering it in relation to cultivating a path to achieve liberation, one must be careful not to fall under the sway of delusions. Caution is also necessary if a good practitioner remains a monk or nun. Under certain circumstances, people may judge that this exceptional person has less influence and is less useful in society than he or she would be as a layperson.

But generally speaking they are regarded as beings separate from Buddha. To resume visualizing: Buddha sits on a lotus throne in the centre, in the vajra posture, right hand in the earth-touching mudra, left hand holding a begging bowl at the level of the navel. On either side of the throne and a little to the front stand Shariputra and Maudgalyayana. The Dharma is the complete abandonment of both delusions and obscurations of the paths. Thus it is associated with consciousness itself, and therefore is formless.

The chief way to practice the discipline of the Bodhisattvas is to refrain from cherishing oneself more than others. There are many different B9dhisattva precepts. Within the discipline of tantra, there are four classes of tantra; and for the two highest tantras, certain precepts have to be taken and observed. The main precepts are to refrain from ordinary appearances and from grasping at ordinatiness. In the practice of these three disciplines, the lower one should be taken as the basis for the next higher one.

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