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Offline draining12

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challenges and obstacles on the path to enlightenment
« on: December 20, 2016, 10:42:04 am »
Hello everyone. Hope you are doing well. I am curious to know about the role of challenges and obstacles on the path to enlightenment in some different Buddhist traditions. Can anyone talk a little about them?

Thanks.

Offline Ron-the-Elder

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Re: challenges and obstacles on the path to enlightenment
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2016, 06:06:05 am »
Great question, draining12.

There have been several issues with which I have had to adjust my behavior and practice:

o Meditation:  Finding the right frequency, and methods.  But, most importantly, determining the goals and objectives of meditation.

o Diet:  Balancing tradition, nutrition, medical recommendations, and philosophy, particularly with regard to The Buddhist Precepts.

o Practice:  Learning, studying, and implementing what was gleaned from suttas, lectures, and books.  Deciding potential courses of action, and personally validating and verifying the results / consequences.  Training for precision (consistency) once the right and harmonious path was / has been determined.

o Sharing / Exchanging Information with others:  Where to share, what to share, and to what degree to share.

o Maintaining harmony:  Learning to seek harmony instead of rightness (being right) vs (being wrong) .

o Seeing and avoiding digressions from the goal.
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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