An action, whether of body, speech, or mind, is called “karma” in Sanskrit. Engaging in the correct actions necessary for the welfare of our future lives depends upon a correct understanding of actions and their effects. All our actions of body, speech, and mind are causes and all our experiences are their effects.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “The New Meditation Handbook”
The great Master Dromtonpa said: ‘Kadam Dharma is like a mala made of gold.’ Just as everyone, even those who do not use a mala (or prayer beads), would be happy to accept a gift of a gold mala because it is made of gold, in a similar way, everyone, even non-Buddhists, can receive benefit from Kadam Dharma. This is because there is no difference between Kadam Dharma and people’s everyday experiences.
By training our mind to recognize the spiritual lessons in all our experiences, we can come to view everyone and everything as our Spiritual Teacher, and we can turn any and every situation to our advantage. This is a very important understanding for it means that no experience is ever wasted.
Buddha Shakyamuni said “I shall prostrate to the new moon and not to the full moon.” The new moon refers to the first realizations that we develop and the full moon refers to the advanced and qualified realizations of Superior beings. Buddha’s meaning is that since great realizations arise in dependence upon small ones we should protect and honor our first experiences of Dharma.