Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 02/02/2020

A Wrestling Match

“The art of true living in this world is more like a wrestler’s, than a dancer’s practice. For in this they both agree, to teach a man whatsoever falls upon him, that he may be ready for it, and that nothing may cast him down.”


I keep looking for the sutta where Lord Buddha exhorts is to accept short term pain for long term gain but can’t find it. Nonetheless, it definitely seems to this putthujana that the unenlightened life is more akin to a constant struggle against the kilesas than it is a dervish dance. And yet, the bliss of blamelessness or Anavajjasukha is the highest happiness of the lay life and we would do well to recall that.

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