Ideally, my focus is not on how close I'm getting to my destination up the trail but on how close I'm getting to what's around me.
“At an age of about two years he would sit in meditation spontaneously and then start chanting.”
“Every day we hear stories, tell stories, and tell ourselves stories.”
“The essential way to practice exchanging self for others is to regard the suffering of others exactly as our own suffering and to help
"The Dharma was the friend who did not desert me in times of need."
Buddhist texts contain wise advice about how to approach learning the Buddha’s teachings and explaining them to others. Since in this volume we will establish the foundation for Buddhist practice, it is especially helpful to touch on this now.
Reflecting on the value of learning the Dharma in my own life, I recall some verses in the Jātaka Tales (LC 1.56):
Hearing (learning) is a lamp that dispels the darkness of afflictions,