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We spend decades of our lives wanting happiness, peace, and contentment—without sowing the causes for that aspiration. Why did we not plant the seeds of the fruition we aspire to? Buddhist logic says that if you plant a lemon seed and pray for a mango fruit, logically it won’t work. But this is what we do: we wish for happiness without planting the seeds of happiness.

From a dharma talk given by Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche in Amsterdam, June 19, 2008.

Illustration by Roberto La Forgia

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