In Buddhism there are ‘the Seven Limbs’. One of the seven points is the confession of what we have done wrong: we remind ourselves of all the big mistakes we have. But straight after that comes the rejoicing in the goodness. It’s as if our garden is full of weeds; we definitely need to pull them out, but we should not ignore the beautiful flowers and plants. We don’t have a garden just to spend our time pulling out weeds! We cultivate a garden for the sake of the beautiful plants. Of course, to make sure our plants flourish, we have to pull out the weeds, but we also have to appreciate, encourage, fertilize and water the good plants so that they will grow more and more.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo