motivation to listen to teachings

motivation to listen to teachings

Now let’s go back to the motivation again. As I said, first of all, your motivation to listen to this teaching should be because you want to achieve enlightenment. Really. If not, if your motivation of listening to this teaching is to have a, I don’t know, successful buying or selling of a share or a stock market or something, won’t help. I will tell you honestly. All this, not one word will help you. Better go a business conference, or somewhere. Better you read some other books. This actually is the opposite I tell you. This tells you how samsara is futile, how they are meaningless, how they are useless. And then yet you go to a teaching and ask for, and look for a teaching that will make your business successful. It is wrong, it doesn’t work like that. That is the first motivation. The second is a Mahayana exclusive motivation. We should be listening to this teaching not only for the enlightenment of ourselves individually but also for the sake of all sentient beings. That is very very important. If you are a Mahayana practitioner that’s so important. Specially for the Mahayana practitioners. It is easier to the say then done. Just briefly. If we are Mahayana practitioner, you know how many Mahayana practitioner including myself, firstly we don’t practice much. Secondly, even so if we do practice, we are so worried about our practice and the result of this practice. We don’t really care about other people’s enlightenment. A Mahayana practitioner should not really care about the failure or the success of their spiritual practice. Mahayana practitioner must be practicing Dharma for the sake of others. If a Mahayana practitioner observes someone else doing spiritually or materially or worldly better than yourself and if you feel envious or jealous, that means the bodhicitta is not there. That means you are still more important than all the others. That needs to be changed and we have to think, we receive this teachings for the sake of all the sentient beings. That is the second kind of motivation.

The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003

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