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2011

APRIL

N° 23

The wise person will give up a lesser pleasure
to obtain a greater joy

Dhammapada verse: 290

Too easy Dhamma
When the Buddha renounced his princely life,  he gave up everything to be free. To ask him later was it worth leaving everything behind, we know that he would say yes, and that nothing can equal enlightenment and freedom from suffering.
For myself, when I was training with my teacher for all those years, I often had to sell things, including my Beatles cassettes, to afford the train and boat fare to travel to the monastery and then leave a donation after my time with him.
It is certainly true that I didn’t want to give up my Beatles collection, but was it worth it ? Yes, undoubtedly, yes.
One martial arts teacher I knew in Israel was visited by a young man who told him that he would like to be a student and train with him, but he had no money. ‘That’s alright,’ said the teacher, ‘you can paint my house !’
The master wants to see effort from the disciple. They want to see how much value you place upon your training and how much determination you will make to be free. They want to see you transcend any hardship by placing your Dhamma training above everything else. Only in this way will we go past the places in our life where we usually stop !
However, these days it seems that many people don’t really want to end their suffering at all, they only want to negociate it and so in the end, they are not prepared to prioritise Dhamma training if it means that they may miss out on something else.
For the master the most important thing is their own integrity, for the disciple it is effort and clarity of intention. When we are disciples we need to ask ourselves, ‘do I really want to be free, is that why I’m sitting in meditation and going to monasterys occasionally, or do I want something else ?
A woman telephoned me one time and said, ‘I need to change my life, but I’m too busy !’
Confusion is everywhere and when we place Dhamma training as just one more thing in our life, how will we ever proceed ?
If you want to go to India you must work, make money and arrange many things. Once you are in India you will find that all your effort is well rewarded.
Dhamma training is not different to this.
Make your effort and you will receive the result of that effort. Make no effort and you will receive the result of making no effort.
True Dhamma understanding is the greatest and most valuable thing in the world, but it is always ourselves that place our own value on it.
So, don’t make excuses about your practice. Be clear, be honest and give everything for your own liberation. You will always be the first person to benefit.
 
May all beings be happy!

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Koan:

Spring does not become summer, summer does not become autumn. Spring is spring, summer is summer, autumn is autumn.

Dhamma quotation:

It is only from a position of fear that we can be manipulated by the world. Therefore the Pure Dhamma way is to live from love, celebrate this life - and be free

From Buttons in the Dana box
Michael Kewley

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