Another interesting recommendation:
Okay, next is bodhicitta. Here it would be good if you take a bodhisattva vow. Okay, reading materials – any book written by Dogen Zenji.
It might be worth mentioning that immediately after he mentioned this, he also said to remember that these recommendations are "a work in progress".
I have listened to this talk twice now. Once shortly after it was given and now again a second time for this thread. Both times, i had the same response. At first i thought, you know this is pretty good. By then end, i just stopped listening. What he suggests as practices are of course good to do. Especially if you are interested in preserving Tibetan cultural practices as religion.
But the minute you start "counting" your practices, you create another mind entirely, one that is not dharmic at all, imho. Yes, he is interested in creating a dharmic atmosphere as a foundation for practice. Maybe i just do not understand someone who completely lacks this. And maybe, because my own life has been so different from all this, i have no right saying anything at all about things i do not understand. Except for the fact that i have read a lot of Dogen.
Its also good to remember that as a "work in progress" this talk was given 5 years ago.
Blah, blah, blah from here.