purple planet wrote:Would be interested to hear what motivates members of this forum (spefic members) - so what motivates you to practice and put effort in ?
It used to be the promise of ecstatic states such as jhanas, but nowadays, being just a tad older and wiser, it's primarily ageing and death
that motivate me to keep practicing the Dhamma, to the modest extent that I am able. They are coming whether we like it or not, and whether we are prepared for them, or not. I've reached a place where my life is pretty good now, I'm quite happy with it. The trouble is, it can't last.
My thoughts turn to, 'after death, what then?'
In fact it gets even worse than that; it could all end at any moment!
Or, we could end up severely disabled, unable to move even...these bodies are unreliable. A solution to this situation and all it's inherent & potential sufferings must be found. Plus the Dhamma brings greater (mental / emotional) peace & ease in the here-and-now, which is another good reason to practice it.