Published Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Devotion and respect .
should be offered to those
who have shown us the Way.
Dhammapada v. 392
One of the best ways of nurturing wholesome qualities within ourselves is to admire those qualities in another. As disciples of the Buddha we all aspire to awaken from unawareness, but we know how hard the task can be. Of course we want to take responsibility for the difficulties we encounter along the way, but it doesn't help to get lost in thoughts about those difficulties. We also need to take responsibility for developing the sense of goodness that sustains us along the path. Sometimes just the simple act of intentionally dwelling on thoughts of respect and gratitude towards our teacher is what is called for.