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|Mara's Army: our own defilements|
This route is imposed on us, or seems to be, by the twists and turns of our own contorted mental topography. Unless we have exceptionally mature wholesome roots, we cannot expect to approach the goal straight "as the crow flies," soaring unhindered through the quick and blissful skyways of the meditative absorptions (jhanas) and higher insights.
|American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi|
We begin at the point of departure -- with a unique constellation of personal qualities, habits, and potentials that we bring with us to the practice.
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Confidence in the Buddhist path is a prerequisite for persisting on this journey to enlightenment and ultimate bliss (nirvana).
Yet it often happens that though we may be fully convinced of the liberating efficacy of the Dharma (Pali Dhamma), we stumble along perplexed as to how we can apply the Dharma fruitfully to ourselves.
|Monastic vehicle is faster than ordinary feet.|
It is not enough for us to sit back and console ourselves with the thought that the path leads infallibly to the end of greed, hatred, and delusion.
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Without an honest confrontation of ourselves, all of our other pursuits of Dharma may be to no avail and can actually lead us astray.
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Although honest self-assessment is one of the most vital steps in Dharma practice, it is also one of the most difficult. What makes it so difficult is the radically new perspective that must be adopted to undertake an investigation of oneself and the dense barriers that must be penetrated to arrive at truthful self-understanding. More