Why Follow This Path?
Written by Vajratara & Zanze Pandit
Wisdom has to come from within you. A Guru may lead you to the door faster than if you were trying to find it on your own, but you must walk through it yourself. Wisdom is that which no one can give to you; you have to realise it through awareness.
For this to begin you must come to know yourself first. Only when you become aware of yourself can you see how you are trapped by your ego- your "idea" of who you are and who you should be. Once you can see this, then you can begin to change and conquer yourself so that you can reach wisdom and see the truth of your original self.
The desire to want to help others is commendable in anyone, however, only when you can help yourself can you help others. After all, how can you possibly think you can understand someone else and what they need if you cannot even understand and help yourself?
Learn the method to help yourself so you may be able to help others.
Know yourself ! Change yourself ! Conquer yourself !
One of the main methods to develop awareness and realization is Meditation. Meditation and yoga are used as synonyms here; it is working on the body, mind and the rhythm of nature. Allowing you to enter that rhythm and discover the rhythm within that rhythm.
Only when you can enter what is called the Zen State or Yoga State or Samadhi do you truly begin to see reality.
Dharma - The teaching of the Buddha as an exposition of the Natural Law - the truth, and methods to reach awareness of it.
It is said that learning dharma has no benefit when one does not know one's original mind. The past mind is unattainable. The present mind is unattainable. The future mind is unattainable. Empty body. Empty mind. Empty spirit. Empty dharma.
However the learning and practice in itself allows you to develop awareness, to the point that you do enter the state. Much like learning to ride a bicycle or drive a car, you are taught the technique and at first it feels like a series of isolated steps. You practice and you practice and all of a sudden you have it! You stop talking yourself through the steps and you're just doing it. In the same way you learnt the sense of balance on a bicycle or just how to ease off the clutch in your car, the "getting it" comes from practice, and sometimes quite a lot of practice!
Truth is the path to heaven above; he who finds it right now on earth eludes all suffering of rebirth. Sincerity is the conduct of a true seeker; he who seeks liberation should go to take refuge with the three jewels - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.