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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
buddhadharma| 29 |spring 2008 tree. The tree knows how fast it should grow. If we want it to grow more quickly than it is, this is pure delusion. If we do the work, the results will be forthcoming, just like planting a tree. If we achieve enlightenment in this lifetime, that’s fine. If we have to wait until our next lifetime, no matter. We have faith and unfaltering convic- tion in the dhamma. Whether we progress quickly or slowly is up to our innate capabilities, spiritual aptitude, and the merit we’ve accumulated so far. Practicing like this puts the heart at ease. When you begin to cultivate the serenity of samatha meditation, don’t make the mistake of trying once or twice and then giving up because the mind is not peaceful. That’s not the right way. You have to cultivate meditation over a long period of time. Why does it have to take so long? Think about it: How many years have we allowed our minds to wander astray? How many years have we not been doing samatha meditation? When- ever the mind has ordered us to follow it down a particular path, we’ve rushed after it. To calm that wandering mind, to bring it to a stop, to make it still, a couple of months of meditation won’t be enough. Whenever we experience a mood or emotion, we should examine it in terms of its imperma- nence, unsatisfactoriness, and selfless qualities. The path and the defilements proceed in tandem. It’s like there are two people arguing inside the mind, but it’s just the path of dhamma and the defilements struggling to win domination of the heart. dAvidgoldes