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In a tough moment, it is valuable to bear in mind that the Buddhadharma advises us to “take obstacles AS the path” and not “take the path AROUND the obstacles.”

To dissolve debilitating obstacles such as fear, greed, shame, anger, and eventually, our ground ignorance, we must take them into the fold of our spiritual practice. Once we do, we apply mind training (this also includes the body) and heart training. Through our practices we simultaneously analyze the obstacle and also expand the contours of our heart.

When an obstacle eventually dissolves, we produce a dual outcome in the ashes remaining: wisdom and compassion.