FULL MOON - Real Benefit

Published Thursday, 21 April 2016

It is easy to do that which is
of no real benefit to oneself,
but it is difficult indeed to do that
which is truly beneficial and good.

Dhammapada 163

When faced with the madness of the world, it is easy to lay the blame on others. If we had finished our work and realized the unshakeable freedom to which the Buddha was pointing, that would make sense. Presumably, though, we still have plenty to do. And if we are committed to doing that which needs to be done, we will know how genuinely difficult this work can be. But let's remember that by giving ourselves to it, we contribute goodness and benefit to the world. When we don't, we too become part of the madness.

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