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No mud, no lotus
March 20th, 2018

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No mud, no lotus

Practice 'patience'… Then catch yourself in a moment of impatience, and investigate!
You might discover e.g. that your patience is conditioned by freshness and energy, e.g. that being tired makes you a lot less likely to manifest patience.
Then, you have at least two directions to work on:
• how to cultivate circumstances that support freshness and energy?
• how to strengthen patience (i.e. ground it in complementary aspects) so it may be manifested even when tired?

"Insight" is found through enquiry, not only into Dhamma concepts and theories, but also into practical experiences.

"It's the way things are" or "That's who I am" perpetuate blindness and ignorance. Enquiry offers no warranty of 'solution', of 'insight', of anything… but without enquiry, change is merely manifesting usual tendencies (which, as it happens, do not lead to a satisfactory life, for most people: "that's who I am, perpetually dissatisfied, complaining, blaming, finger-pointing, and longing for more (fill-in-blank)" ?).

#Buddhism #mindfulness
image: gilt-bronze figure of Buddha (15th c.)
Buddhism has no specific guideline on supporting teachers, it simply asks for you to consider causality: if you want this living tradition to survive, how are you participating, in practical terms, to make this happen? Nice words, exposure or social media ‘+1’ might feel good, but they do not actually help with the basic necessities: