I was inspired by something I heard this week.
I was listening to another Gil Fronsdal dharma talk, and he related a story from the Zen tradition.
A student asked his teacher “If I practice Zen will I become enlightened?”. And the Zen teacher replied “If your practice is sincere, it is almost as good”.
I was incredibly inspired by this simple concept.
I know myself that I practice Buddhism because I identify with the precepts very strongly. However I do not hold the belief that I will become enlightened – I would imagine very few Buddhist practitioners ever will become enlightened.
However I can practice with sincerity. We all can.
And it doesn’t have to relate to Buddhist practice – we can live our lives with sincerity full stop.
I love that thought so much.
Sincerity encompasses so many things – living ethically, honestly and with pure intention. And all of those things make such a difference not only to our lives, but to the lives of those that we touch.
You can’t really put a value on sincerity and honesty.
So this week I’ve tried to really keep that as my intention.
Also in this past week I heard a discussion on the Buddha – how before he became enlightened he had to live through many lives, and learn from each one. He was reborn many times. And of all the lives he lead, and the mistakes he made (as a lay person) one thing he never did was lie. And specifically he did not lie to himself.
It’s a deep concept – to never lie to ourselves.
It’s also been on my mind this week, and I have given a lot of reflection on the ways I have lied to myself in the past.
There are so many great things that can be gained from self analysis and knowledge. I feel blessed to have access to the dharma teachings.
And a new day each day to learn from them.