It's not a small thing to extricate oneself: fleeing from a burning house, crossing a great flood
|Nibbana, Emptiness, the Unconditioned, the Deathless: these are the terms for the Ultimate Goal of our practice. A Temple, a Dhamma Hall provide physical situations conducive to the realisation of that goal. That's what it's all about...|
But why so much of a performance just for the sake of nothing?... Because for beings addicted to something, it takes a major turning away and effort, sustained over years - many lifetimes - to see the need, to awaken to the possibility of Liberation, and to fulfil the work required to bring that about. It's not a small thing to extricate oneself: fleeing from a burning house, crossing a great flood or the ocean, pulling oneself out of a swamp, swimming upstream against a strong current - these are images the Buddha used to describe the sense of urgency and enormous effort required to bring it about.
So such happenings are a celebration of the Buddha and generations of great beings who continue to guide us, reminding us of our potential; they remind us too that help is available. We are not alone in this struggle, and there are delicious fruits to be enjoyed along the way: the delight that comes from skilful service, sharing and renunciation; the pleasure of reflecting on a life lived with care; the sweetness of devotion to what is wholly good - not to mention the subtler forms of happiness that arise with the development of our meditation practice. These are allowable fruits, allowable pleasures; our cultivation and enjoyment of them can only further wisdom and compassion, peacefulness and joy in the hearts of all beings. May these Holy Places serve to awaken and further the practice of beings over countless generations towards that final goal.
who will be accepted into the Nuns' Sangha. The ceremony will take place in the Temple at 1:30 p.m. (Those wishing to offer requisites please contact Sister Thanasanti at Amaravati.)