By Huston Smith, Philip Novak
A concise and up to date consultant to the historical past, teachings, and perform of Buddhism through luminaries within the box of worldwide religions.
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To illustrate, a merchant is a merchant whether he sells gold or just something like it. Accordingly, over and over again Buddha exhorted people not to rely on men, but to rely on the Dharma. I make this insertion here because this point is so important. 5 1 If, as you meditate on mind training, your personality becomes rigid with pride and arrogance, Dharma has become non-Dharma, and you have probably fallen for the celestial demon. However much you meditate on mind training or Dharma, act as if you are the least servant of everyone and work to control your personality even further.
And happiness in this life, later happiness among gods or men. even the desire to achieve the transcendence of misery itself. Abandon poisoned food. Since all the virtuous activity that you do because you regard matter as real or because you cherish yourself is equivalent to poisoned 47 food, give it up. Study like an illusion. withou~ clinging, and as if everything were Don't be consistent. A consistent man of the world never forgets his own affairs no matter where he is or hew much time goes by.
Since all mind training should be done with little fanfare but great decisiveness, maintain your outward conduct in harmony with that of all your Dharma companions and 4) others while you work to mature your stream of consciousness unnoticed by others. Do not discuss defects. 49 Speak directly on pleasing topics with a gentle and friendly expression. Don't think about anything than concerns others. Do not ponder the faults of anyone or anything pertaining to him, not of any senrient being in general, but particularly not of anyone who has entered the way of Dharma.
Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith, Philip Novak