Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 04/10/2013

Happy Uposatha – Parisa

Last night was the first time in weeks that I have been able to attend any classes with my teacher and I can attest to the potency of receiving instructions and discussing practice in a group setting. Although my own formal practice is solid in terms of consistency there is the tendency to forget key points and to become confused with regard to the fundamentals in a way that is not easy to remedy on one’s own. And, although I am loathe to admit it, it certainly seems that success in this Dhamma and Discipline depends heavily on having face to face interactions with trusted teachers and kalyana mittas. Why is this? No idea but I do know that those periods when I have strayed the farthest from the path were times when I had left the fold.

May we cultivate gratitude for our teachers and spiritual friends and daily count our blessings for the Dhamma-Vinaya!

 


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  1. Reblogged this on tripleche.

  2. I would like to ask some questions. I come from a Buddhist family, my parents expect me to become Buddhist. I dislike other religions, and am a supporter of the Dhamma,but yet I am not fully convinced that Buddhism is the religion for me. For example, I do not find it relevant. For an average student, you do not need to radiate loving kindness to others, and still have a perfectly fine life. So how do you find the passion to practice buddhism, since I am sure there are moments when you are just sick of it.

  3. Hi tripleche,

    Thank you for your comments. To me, life without the Dhamma is what makes me sick. I can honestly say that the Dhamma saved my life so for me it’s not a question of passion–I really feel like there simply isn’t another viable choice. I wish you all the best and would encourage you to look deeply into your life and the Teachings to see where your heart lies. Be well!


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