I feel lucky to have found the Buddhadharma (the teachings of the Buddha) in this lifetime. I’m sure that people in other wisdom traditions must feel the same way. I’ve studied the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, the Dhammapada, and I’m now studying the Threefold Lotus Sutra. This is in addition to the numerous books on Buddhism that I’ve read over the course of my forty-odd years. Some people never hear about the dharma (teachings). Some hear about it, but never practice. Some practice, but never gain enlightenment in this lifetime. Some become Bodhisattvas, delaying their own enlightenment for the benefit of others, while some become fully enlightened and escape the wheel of death and rebirth. I don’t know if I will ever find enlightenment in this lifetime, but just being on the path is enough to bring me great joy. The dharma is simultaneously simple and complex, and can take great effort to penetrate its truths. It’s not the Buddhist way to proselytize, but I feel that if more people know about this path, there would be much more peace and much less strife in the world. Every day, I feel as if I’ve dug up a priceless treasure.


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