Intro to the questionnaire sent to Dharma teachers
We often hear and teach that the Dharma serves to point us to awakened life. We endeavor to bring the practice on the cushion into our daily life in order to live awakened life. But what exactly does it mean? What is an awakened life and what is an awakened moment?
I offered the following questions to seven of our dear, wise and long-standing friends in the Dharma who hold the role of teachers and whose voice has been a great contribution to the process of awakening – my own and for many others in our Israeli sangha.
Each of the views expressed here is unique, yet it is interesting to note some common threads, such as that an insight or deep understanding is known by its results: it must have an expression in our life, must result in a difference in the way we think, speak and act, must produce a shift in the way we view the world and in our priorities. It must transform the mind.
Another common thread is that there is no hierarchy between the spiritual and the mundane, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the everyday and the "unformed, unmade, and limitless", as Christopher puts it. In this context, I love the words of the poet Rumi:
These answers serve as reminders. Let's enjoy these words of wisdom with gratitude and joy, because what better thing is there to do with our lives than to aspire to be awake in every moment for – as Stephen wrote – its own sake?