By David Michie

What does it take to be at liberty? We've all requested ourselves this question sooner or later, yet few people have came across the trail to lasting achievement. David Michie concept he had accomplished his life's goals—the high-level activity, the pricy urban house, the luxurious motor vehicle, the nice vacations—but a small voice was once telling him he wasn't relatively chuffed. an opportunity comment from a naturopath despatched him to his neighborhood Buddhist middle. There he started crucial trip of his lifestyles.

In this easy yet fantastically written e-book, David Michie opens the door to the center teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humor, he indicates us how he started to contain Buddhist practices into his everyday life. He explains how he got here to appreciate the variation among the transitority pleasures of standard existence and the profound feel of future health and heartfelt serenity that comes from connecting with our internal nature.

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Obviously, this is a beautiful passage and significant because it poetically describes the process of awakening as one is born into the Pure Land. But I wanted to discuss it here because of a more subtle teaching. Notice that Shakyamuni says that this isn’t just about contemplating our future fate when we attain the Pure Land and are released into full nirvana after death—he says that when we are finished with the formal visualization we should keep this mindfulness and not forget these things.

Dharma isn’t a person, it isn’t a being to be supplicated to. It’s just the way things work, the reality of the universe unfolding as a process in time. The Buddha discovered and taught about a portion of this universe, and science can reveal a portion too, as can any contemplation or activity that accords with the way things actually 34 Buddhism of the Heart are. Part of this fact of existence is that our egocentricity brings about endless problems. But another fact is that when we learn to give up on ego-centeredness and allow reality to unfold without our muddling, it works effortlessly to bring us to awakening.

Then, in a distant corner of graveyard, I saw a bunch of toba sticking up. I hurried over, but when I got there, I found a low wall in the way. I was looking over it into another cemetery next to it, belonging to a separate temple. As it turned out, the other temple was not Jodo Shinshu, but Jodo Shu, a related form of Pure Land Buddhism that nonetheless has some significant differences. That other cemetery was full of various bodhisattvas, buddhas, and deities, with toba of all sizes and charms hanging off many gravestones.

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