Neither Scapegoats Nor Sacrificial Lambs

Great Middle Way

12191864_694613043971507_3596832224193851047_nKarma purification takes two main forms: applying the 4 Rs (Regret, Reliance, Resolve, and Reparation) to those previous acts that have not yet ripened, and enduring with patience the consequences of previous acts that are already ripening. We have paid much attention to the former (greatmiddleway.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/four-powers-of-purification/), but the latter is equally necessary.

“Enduring with patience” is not passive resignation. We utilize our suffering to reduce the suffering of others. How? We also apply the 4 Rs, but with a different focus.

  • We regret the cause of our present suffering, rather than the suffering itself, which is only an effect.
  • We rely on the instructions of the Buddha, contemplating the Five Remembrances:
    • I am sure to age. I cannot avoid aging.
    • I am sure to become ill. I cannot avoid illness.
    • I am sure to die. I cannot avoid death.
    • I am sure to be separated from all that…

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About Dawa

I am a student of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Dharma. My intention with this blog is to write down all that I have learned along the way, in hopes that you will also find something to be helpful on your path, should you happen to find me. Love & Light!
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