Day 50 – Musings on The Dhammapada Part 2
More musings on the Dhammapada – I have to say that these chapters were not as clear to me. Chapter 6 seems to dictate a lot of what I hear being taught. Food for thought if nothing else.
Chapter 5 – The Fool
Watch out for fools that will rid you of your practice.
*I thought that the fools guided your practice the most by showing you what you were resisting and avoiding? My natural inclination is to avoid those ‘fools’ who challenge me the most, but what I hear the teachers saying is that I shouldn’t avoid them, for then I am really avoiding the practicing and looking at myself to see the difficulties and suffering rising up in me!?
Chapter 6 – The Sage
Seek out wise practiced people who can help guide your practice. Practice with others who are more learned that you. Join a Sangha so you may all guide and practice with each other.
The Sangha, much-needed – even the most remote. Thank you Steve :D
*Should we all be monks? Is the Dhammapada worded like this due to its age? It seems to me that most teachers nowadays are encouraging practitioners to practice within their own path rather than have them all run off to a monastery.
Chapter 7 – The Arhant
Try to live as if you are already enlightened by practicing whenever possible. Even if you never reach enlightenment you have already lived well enough for this lifetime and the others to come.
Chapter 8 – Thousands
Even the smallest steps on the path are worth thousands. Do what you can and you have already won. Even one day spent truly practicing on the path is better than thousands doing what you believe ‘should’ be done. It’s not quantity, it’s quality.
Check out this podcast from Buddhist Geeks who interview Karen Maezen Miller ‘Momma Zen’ about how she is able to marry the practices of being a zen priest and teacher while also being a wife and mother. It is a great resource for anyone who wishes to practice, but does not wish follow the traditional Buddhist path of becoming a monk and living in a monastery.