Dharma and culture

Dharma and culture

Not that I am negating the culture. I think culture is very important, because culture is like a medium, is like a language. Without that, you cannot really have the Dharma. Anyway the Dharma that we can have access to has to be dependent on some kind of language. So when we rely on language we have to rely on culture. So certain element of culture, quite a lot of culture is necessary. I am never condemning or refuting or negating them. What I am asking to myself and others is to really know that the culture and the Dharma is two different things. At the end of day, if you want to practice the Dharma, you have to look for the Dharma. Use culture as the means to look for the Dharma. You should not settle with a little understanding of culture. This I think is very important.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
(videos)