And Where To Next?

And Where To Next?I’ve never been in a position where I can sit back and think, “Right that’s it, I’m who I want to be, I’m where I want to be, I have nothing left to do”. Maybe that is a rather rare situation to find oneself in, maybe we might call it Enlightenment.

But if there are things we still wish to improve, to learn, to complete, the question arises, “Where To Next?”. Some things have to be done in sequence, some things can be changed in isolation, but deciding which to choose can be difficult.

Sensei, as always, has some very good advice:

“You may have fundamental questions about yourself and your identity: Who am I? What should I do with my life? It is quite natural to feel unsure about the best way to proceed. If you haven’t yet decided on your future course, I feel the best thing is just to concentrate your energies on what you need to do right now, and gradually your full potential will emerge.”

~ Daisaku Ikeda

Wise words indeed, and when they are allied to chanting, focussed on the same question, the answer is sure to come in no time. Having been through a great deal of change over the last few years, I would like to share a morsel of acquired wisdom, that being to remember to be compassionate towards yourself. Change can be, and often is, quite painful.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. davidhare3000
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 17:00:52

    Hi Anupadin, lovely post and quote.

    One thing I love about Nichiren Buddhism is that enlightenment is absolutely not a place you arrive at, put your feet up and say: “Right, I am now the finished article and always will be!” Because of the mutual possession of the ten worlds, Buddhahood still contains all the other nine and therefore if you neglect to maintain your daily practice, the negative aspects of hell, rapture, animality or any of the other nine life-states will inevitably re-surface in your thinking, emotions and behaviour. You still have plenty of potential to be evil. So Buddhahood is emphatically not a state where you think you have life sorted, where you kid yourself you’ve got wisdom and compassion nailed, where you rest on your laurels. I think that the moment you feel this kind of complacency kicking in is the moment to expand your life and take on bigger challenges for the sake of others. all best


    • Anupadin
      Feb 08, 2013 @ 21:46:22

      Thank you David. Your comments are very insightful and very welcome. The wider the perspective, the more comprehensive the lesson can be. Namaste


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