two challenges in Buddhism

two challenges in Buddhism

I am making up this a little bit so if it is wrong it is my mistake. I think in the process of practicing the Dharma there is two challenges. One is Buddhist view and mediation is very difficult. Really really difficult to understand. Like emptiness, so difficult to understand. That is one challenge. The philosophy, so difficult. Our habit is so strong, so stubborn. To understand and appreciate the logic of emptiness. To begin it is difficult. Even so you have a little glimpse of the logic, logical reason why, I can sort of see why everything is emptiness, old habit always comes back and you forget that knowledge. That is one challenge. Second challenge is even more difficult. And the second challenge why is it difficult is because ultimate teachings like the nature of the mind is too simple. Very very simple. Too simple to understand. So in Buddhism, two problems, two challenge. One is very difficult. That is why it is difficult. The other one is too simple. That is why it is difficult. Two difficulties. The difficult one – which one is worse? Actually the simpler one is worse. Because the difficult one, you can read. Madhyamika, you can really ask the Khenpos and really contemplate, you can exercise. The other one, the simple one, logic doesn’t work. No matter how much books you read. Really doesn’t work. So what can you do? Other one needs merit. The first one needs a bit of a hard working, diligence and all of that. The second one you need merit, only through that. Reading books is not going to help much. Asking a lot of questions is not going to help much. Receiving lots of teachings is not going to help much. You need merit. With merit you will get it. This is really difficult. So this is why hearing and contemplation is not good enough. You need merit. Although you can say, with the right motivation again, hearing and contemplation can be turned into merit making method. Of course, that is very possible. So to awaken from this delusion, this confusion, you need to do the hearing, contemplation, meditation and also you need merit. You really need to accumulate merit so that you can use the circumstances as a method or a means to enlighten yourself. I don’t know whether this is understandable for you.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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