Wednesday, April 15, 2009

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Hope Is Respect for the Truth

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

April 15, 2009


Although you may not have experienced the final development (enlightenment) yet, it is no big secret that there is a final development. You can't pretend that the Buddha didn't exist and still talk about his teachings, because he actually did it -- he achieved enlightenment. We can't keep that a secret. In the meantime, however, you could regard any sense of promise that comes into your mind, any hope that comes up, as another thought. If there is a strong desire to achieve a result, that will push you back. You could relate to hope as respect for the dharma, or the truth, rather than a promise. It is like a schoolchild seeing a professor: one day she too might become a professor, but she still has to do her homework. Similarly, particularly in the hinayana, the early stage of the path, there is a journey going on all the time.

From Chapter  Seven, "Meditation as the Path to Buddhahood" in THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING: and the Path of Liberation, page 71. Order your copy at:

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