Posted by: Upāsaka | 06/03/2020

Andreia or Viriya

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“It is more in accord with nature to emulate the great Hercules and undergo the greatest toil and trouble for the sake of aiding or saving the world, if possible, than to live in seclusion.”
~ Cicero, De officiis, 3.5

I have, for years now, tried (rather unsuccessfully) to practice the paramis in pursuit of a more perfect character and in hopes of meeting the Buddha Metteyya. The truth is, however, that these days in quarantine and, now, in the midst of a city on edge from riots and looting, are much harder than I would have imagined.

I am trying to keep up some semblance of a routine of physical, mental and spiritual culture and am finding it exceedingly difficult as I imagine millions of us are right now. But, knowing that no defeat or victory is ever-lasting in this conditioned world, what other choice do we have but to fight on towards liberation?


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