Dedicating One’s Practice
and One’s Life to Others
This is a tall order – and challenging –
but we have to start somewhere!
In Buddhism, there are prayers at the end of a session to dedicate the merit (blessings) received from the practice to all sentient beings. It is a wish that all sentient being realise happiness and their enlightened nature, and have unlimited compassion for all.
Dedication is important because it stops us clinging to the practices of self interest. If everyone was enlightened, wouldn’t it a great place?
Unfortunately, there is a danger of just repeating something stuck on the end of each practice session, when it should really be taken to heart. This will produce the energy and confidence to face life, and reinforce the enthusiasm to continue practising.
It’a all to do with a good heart
It doesn’t matter how knowledgable, learned and clever-sounding others may be, what is needed is a good heart. We can be as thick as a short plank, and still have a good heart. Funnily enough, it is easy to lose that good heart when becoming ‘spiritual’, as information can get in the way. Actually, that’s not funny, but it happens all the time.
Never lose a good heart to the pride of learning and academic achievement.
I was once a student at a school of philosophy, and was up on some scaffolding, decorating. I looked down and saw an older student carrying a heavy load. The instinct was to jump down and take that load, but doubt came in, in the form of “It’s his karma.” What sort of karma had I just produced?!
Goodness without God is good.
Goodness with God is good.
Goodness is goodness.
The word goodness is not easy to define.
There is just a rightness about it.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious seems to sum it up…