Three kinds of laziness

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Three kinds of laziness (Tib. ལེ་ལོ་གསུམ་, lelo sum, Wyl. le lo gsum) — factors that are incompatible with diligence.

  1. the laziness of lethargy or inactivity (Tib. སྙོམ་ལས་འཛིན་པའི་ལེ་ལོ་, nyom lé dzinpé lelo, Wyl. snyom las 'dzin pa'i le lo)
  2. the laziness of attachment to negative behaviour (Tib. བྱ་བ་ངན་པ་ལ་ཞེན་པའི་ལེ་ལོ་, jawa ngenpa la shyenpé lelo, Wyl. bya ba ngan pa la zhen pa'i le lo)
  3. the laziness of self-discouragement or despondency (Tib. སྒྱིད་ལུག་བདག་ཉིད་བརྙས་པའི་ལེ་ལོ་, gyiluk daknyi nyepé lelo, Wyl. sgyid lug bdag nyid brnyas pa'i le lo)

Overcoming the Three Kinds of Laziness

Patrul Rinpoche says:

  • "Spurred on by the hook of impermanence, you can overcome the laziness of inactivity.
  • The laziness of attachment to negative behaviour can be overcome by thinking about the joys of the sacred Dharma.
  • The laziness of self-discouragement can be overcome by encouraging yourself and bolstering your self-confidence."

Alternative Translations

  • 1. Laziness of procrastination, 2. attachment to evil deeds and 3. self-deprecation (EPK)