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NTS OF THE DHARMA Six kinds of people are poor recipients, far from the dharma: Those who are like pigs, consuming whatever comes their way, cannot practice. Those who are like peacocks, preening themselves, do not know how to get along with others. Those who are like boulders, stuck in one place, miss opportunities that arise. Those who are like grass that bends in the wind, trying to please everyone, cannot uphold their samaya. Those who are like snakes, steeped in viciousness and malice, cannot tame their minds.
They practice according to their teachers' instructions and are rich in devotion. They pursue their spiritual practice with great fortitude, without regard for their bodies or lives. They are loving toward their companions, their minds softened by compassion. Thf'y do not ht-com<' discouragrd or w<'ary, hut <'Xt'rdse forbearance while working to bring benefit and happiness. Calm in body, speech, and mind, they maintain their sa maya and vows. Such people are fortunate recipients of the nectar of the dharma.
Do not he consumed by an insatiable yearning for sensory stimulation. Do not let the weapons of the eight mundane concerns pierce you. Do not sully your conduct with misdeeds of dissembling or deceit. Do not be buffeted by the winds of many time-consuming activities. Spend your days and nights in noble, spiritual activities. Thus, adopt the manner of holy masters. 34 FAITH There are six ways to restore yourself with faith: Meditate on your guru, praying with faith born of inspiration. Strive to honor the Three Jewels with faith born of reverence.