With ‘Homework’ You’ll Understand
When we were very young, we thought when I grow up I want to be an astronaut, a monk, a doctor, an environmentalist, a singer, a cartoonist, a musician, a scientist. We didn’t know what they really were. In fact we didn’t really understand what it entails. It’s just we heard about them and thought that would be nice. So as we go along with our daily lives, schooling, playing we just aim towards that goal. We work our way towards it. If we were instantly given the education of a scientist or astronaut we would become overwhelmed and disheartened. But one educational grade level at a time and we can achieve our career goals. It could take use 20 years to reach our career goals. 20 years!
Similarly in Dharma. You may not know what enlightenment is completely. But that would not make enlightenment not a worthy goal. But you know what samsara is. Samsara is all around you. Within your own lives,it begins, it peaks, it ends. In between tons of ups and downs. When you practice Dharma, you take it one step at a time. By learning the fundamentals and going one step at a time, you can recognize eventually what enlightenment is. By rushing into wanting to understand something without doing your ‘homework’ is illogical.
Master renunciation, compassion, Bodhicitta, effort, patience, wisdom, 18 opportunities of a perfect human life, etc….When you have mastered, understood and applied each of these subjects systematically you will see more rhyme and sense I promise. You will get clear glimpses into enlightenment.
If reaching our career goals can be 20 years, enlightenment’s benefit is so much more, it should take more than 20 years.
Take it one step at a time and the most important thing is you have to do your homework.
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