This was another great podcast by Karma Yeshe Rabgye on being a Buddhist teacher, but he also delved into what I like to call “Buddhist shortcuts”.
After my unpleasant departure from my last Buddhist community this time last year, I sort of underwent a lot of soul-searching, false-starts, projects I started but never finished. But in the long-run, I feel it’s had a positive result. It forced me to confront some things about Buddhism and Buddhist teachings that I had taken for granted, or things that I never questioned but should have.
Karma Yeshe Rabgye’s explanation on what Buddhism is about and why people need to do the work themselves, rather than hoping a guru or some magic practice or deity will make them enlightenment, rings true with me. I always knew this deep down of course, but I feel that I’ve been kind of running from the problem by blaming it on personal failings or circumstances in my life, then embracing teachings and practices that were basically just full of hot air to compensate.
Buddhism is a lot like exercise and losing weight. You can start where you are and at anytime just by doing exercise and cutting calories in some combination. Further, the results just speak for themselves. What’s usually blocking you is not the action itself, but mental hang-ups, excuses, and self-infatuation (“I suck” or “I don’t feel like it” or “I’ll do this other thing first”, etc).
Anyhow, definitely take a listen if you can. Enjoy!