|I must make it to the further shore of safety using my own body to get there!|
"Suppose, meditators, there were a person journeying on a road and that person sees a vast expanse of water of which this shore is dangerous and fearful, while the other shore is safe and free of fear. But there is no boat for crossing over, nor is there a bridge for going over from this side to that.
"In the same way, meditators, have I shown to you Buddhism's (this Teaching's) similarity to a raft: It has the purpose of crossing over, not the purpose of clinging to.
*COMMENTARY: "The Teachings" (Dharmas) are serenity (samatha) and insight (vipassana). The Buddha, indeed, enjoins us to abandon craving and clinging (chanda-raga) concerning serenity and insight. Where, then, has he enjoined the abandonment of craving and clinging in the case of serenity? He did so in the following saying: