To leave self-consciousness behind and turn to Dhamma is to be part of the lineage of practice that we call Sangha. In that commitment to Dhamma, as the Buddha himself said, is the true veneration of the Tathagata.
|A historical sense grants us the awe to be attentive. After that it can become a burden. Historg begins wherever you choose the events that are significant-and thereby remote, History can never include oneself or the present moment; so we may feel that the Buddhist tradition is apart from us. It's quite an ironysince the place of Dhamma practice is oneself at this present moment - yet how long does it take a monk or nun to feel that they are a real and vital part of Sangha? How many lay people feel that the tradition is outside them, that they can't even visit the monastery without a proper reason: "Don't want to be a nuisance, don't like to intrude" Veneration without insight can easily put the religion high up on a pedestal beyond our reach.|
To leave self-consciousness behind and turn to Dhamma is to be part of the lineage of practice that we call Sangha. In that commitment to Dhamma, as the Buddha himself said, is the true veneration of the Tathagata. It is significant for all of us, because it's the same for all of us: in effect we only exclude ourselves from the tradition when we maintain the isolation - and desolation -of self-view.
And over the years one becomes very grateful, personally grateful, for the Buddha's final and unfailingly clear directive: "All compounded things" (monasteries, masters and the moaning mind) "break up - be mindful and keep going!" There's no history in that, and no promise for the future - just a supportive lineage of practice.