A lay-teacher who teaches the fundamental importance of sila has more real spiritual attainment in his little toe than all of the self-proclaimed "ariya" teachers put together. As people mature in their practice they see for themselves that sammasamadhi and panna, particularly bhavana-maya-panna is impossible without sila. As practitioners mature in their practice, there is a very natural tendency to cleave to sila, not out of any dogmatic attachment, but because one sees for oneself the fundamental importance of sila. Its that simple.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725Compassionate Hands Foundation
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