Sometimes people who are working at centers only think of the problems. Problems, problems, problems. Maybe it makes them feel sick. Their heart becomes very dry, very uninterested. [However,] if you know how to think, it’s really unbelievable.
The highest merit is collected and there is the greatest purification by working for the center. Otherwise, you might think, “Oh, maybe I’ll go and work in the hospital, there’s much more merit from doing that.” You see, when you don’t think of Dharma, when you completely forget that the Dharma is the only way to really benefit sentient beings, to liberate them from suffering, then you start thinking things like, “Oh, maybe I’ll go and help in a children’s camp, that’s more beneficial.” People come to the center to meditate on bodhicitta and to achieve enlightenment for sentient beings. You can’t imagine the benefit to everybody who comes to the center to do this, working to achieve enlightenment for sentient beings. So the work can be hard, but can you see the benefit? Can you imagine the benefit? Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! The benefit to every living being!
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in a letter to a student
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