Avoid Both

12239673_1679623542272512_8261517193427871013_nThere are two extremes that are not to be indulged in

by one who has gone forth. Which two?

That which is devoted to sensual pleasure

with reference to sensual objects:

base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable;

and that which is devoted to self-affliction:

painful, ignoble, unprofitable.

Avoiding both of these extremes,

the Middle Way realized by the Tathagata

—producing vision, producing knowledge—

leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to liberation.

―Buddha Shakyamuni, Dharmachakrapravartana Sutra

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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