Monday, February 29, 2016

How Shall We Spend the Days of Our Life

Hello my friends... As a practicing Buddhist, yet one who is open to hearing from many sources. I am exposed to practitioners of all kinds. Some who seek knowledge via studying the dharma, the words of those who have perceived their own reality of things “as they are.” Others study little, instead perpetually dive off the springboard of the foundational truth of “space is information." They believe there is no need to learn what others know instead believe it is best to learn for oneself through communicating with space on one's pillow (in meditation).

Now it is said all is empty and everything is an illusion. That we live and swim in an impermanent soup of perception composed of a composite of all things manifest. A soup which has no reality in itself for it does not last, falls away the instant it is manifest, and as such is unreal. 

This is all good, but to what end is this information to be used, and how much of it is needed in order to live this life well and to do the work of a Buddha; an awake compassionate human being?

To think too much about something which has no fundamental reality (if you believe it is so) is a waste of our precious lives. Time might be better spent living the life of a bodhisattva (a compassionate being whose intentions and actions are aimed at relieving suffering, that of their own and others) for to know and not do has little worth, and to do without knowledge will bring little positive results. We need to find balance.

So who can answer this question of balance?  Well certainly not me for you. Instead we all have this responsibility to find balance between compassion and wisdom, doing and knowing and the quantity of time spent in these activities.  Our lives are short, our time precious, and the needs to be met great. We must generate wisdom in order to answer these question.

I encourage all who are “on their way” to use their minds, to not be like lemmings who jump to their death following what’s in front of their nose whether it be true or not because of their fear of not knowing or possibly “doing it wrong.”  

My friends once you have found your way to the silence while communing with space, trust in what arises before you, be fearless in your actions, and do good. 


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