gate in the middle of nowhere

gate in the middle of nowhere

When we talk about the spiritual path, from the worldly point of view it is never profitable. But that is the beauty of the spiritual path. You know in India, sometimes when we travel by train, hours, ten, twelve, twenty hours, and in the middle of nowhere somebody has build a gate. That’s good. Because that is like a poetry. You know that is like – because right now the materialistic world is all to do with the profit. And they think it is for profit but actually it is more a stress. This gate is, you know usually the gate is to enter, but this is in the middle of nowhere, it is not really entering ?where. So from the profit oriented thinking, that gate is useless. But several hundred years ago, those who have build that, for them it is an act of devotion, it is such an amazing spiritual experience. From the worldly point of view, nonduality is useless. In fact if the nonduality becomes stronger, market will collapse. Big economic problems. More dualistic the better for economy. In order to achieve the nonduality we also do nonduality practice such as just sitting. Acts such as, acts seemingly totally useless like just sitting for ten minutes, like that gate, is something so precious. To do something useless for ten minutes is so so precious. And this is something that those who a spiritually interested in the Buddhist path, you must try to have some kind of openness to this. To become useless, and to do useless things. And as a Buddhist I pray that you will all have this kind of wish.

Fundamental View of Buddhism, Moscow 2010