"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

September 5, 2011

What Kind of Questions Are You Bringing to Your Practice?

Stop and ask yourself: What kinds of questions are you bringing to the practice? It‘s like asking yourself the shape of your ignorance, because the shape of your ignorance is going to determine what you accept as a satisfactory answer.

This is why the Buddha was very specific about which types of questions are worth asking and which kinds aren’t. They really shape the way you act, the way you look at the results of your actions, and the way you decide which results are acceptable and satisfactory.

He recommended that the best questions to bring to the practice revolve around the questions of skill: What are you doing right now that’s skillful? What are you doing right now that’s not?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Questions in the Practice
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