Padampa’s Advice 4

Amida150 (2)Forget worldly concerns[1]; concentrate instead on the life to come.

Friends, that is the definitive aspiration.

  [1] Hope for happiness and fear of suffering; hope for fame and fear of insignificance; hope for praise and fear of blame; and hope for gain and fear of loss.



About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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5 Responses to Padampa’s Advice 4

  1. If this statement carries the weight of a Buddhist precept, I must conclude that Buddhism has no advantage over popular Christianity and Islam. What about Being in the here and now? Finding the sublime in the ordinary? Responding to life with awakened spontaneity? Is concentrating on the life to come a Buddhist way of life? Are we to accrue merit for the next world rather than respond with good will to the exigencies of life now, with no thought of future reward?
    Sorry, concentrating on the life to come is antithetical to my understanding of the essence of being awake, what the Buddha claimed to explain his enlightenment. Was he concentrating on “the life to come”?
    (This is not meant to be arrogant or challenging, I’m just expressing my puzzlement as I attempt to integrate the statement into my understanding or knowledge of Buddhist Enlightenment.)

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Phillip –‘the life to come’ is a traditional formula for ‘the consequences of one’s actions’. The advice is an invitation to always consider the effects of what we think, say, and do, rather than being concerned with hope and fear for gain and loss, fame and disrepute, praise and blame, and pleasure and pain (the eight worldly concerns). Too often we act without regard for the consequences, to ourselves and others. I appreciate the opportunity to clarify. –Tashi

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you! PKL

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